New Delhi, Lifestyle Desk. Monkeypox virus: Cases of monkeypox are increasing in Europe. Most of the infected patients are young men. In Europe, cases of infection have been reported in Britain, Italy, Portugal, Spain and Sweden. On Wednesday, US officials reported a case of monkeypox in a man who had recently traveled to Canada, where officials are investigating possible infections.

How is monkeypox spread?

Monkeypox can be spread from person to person by touching clothing, bedding or towels of an infected person. Monkeypox can also be spread by touching the blisters or rash on the skin of an infected person. Coughing or sneezing of a person with monkeypox rash can also spread the virus to people around them.

What are the symptoms of getting infected?

Its early symptoms include fever, headache, muscle aches, back pain, swollen lymph glands, chills and tiredness. People are advised to be alert for any unusual rashes or sores on the body, especially in the genitals. The rash often starts on the face and can then spread to any part of the body. When the rash starts to emerge, they look like chickenpox or a syphilis rash.

How long does it take for infection and recovery?

Symptoms may appear within 7 to 14 days of being infected with monkeypox. A rash can be observed on the patient’s skin 1 to 3 days after the fever. The disease is considered mild and most people recover within 4 weeks. However, those who get infected have to be admitted to a special hospital so that the infection does not spread to others.

Is it possible to avoid this?

There are many precautions that can be taken to avoid monkeypox virus infection. The US CDC recommends avoiding contact with animals that may be at risk of the virus. Contact with any material that has come into contact with a sick animal, such as bedding, should also be avoided. Refrain from coming into contact with any items of a sick animal, such as bedding.

The CDC also says that infected patients should be isolated from other people who may be at risk of infection. People should take care of hand hygiene, especially after coming into contact with infected animals or humans.

Disclaimer: The advice and suggestions mentioned in the article are for general information purpose only and should not be taken as professional medical advice. Always consult your doctor if you have any questions or concerns.

Edited By: Ruhee Parvez