Saturday, January 29, 2022

What is monkeypox and what are its symptoms after cases found in the UK

Health Secretary Matt Hancock told MPs today that the UK is currently dealing with an outbreak of monkeypox.

The news arrives as two people continue to be monitored after the virus was identified in North Wales.

It has caused unease across the UK as the world continues to fight against the coronavirus outbreak.

Monkeypox often starts with a rash before red spots appear and spread across the body, turning into red bumps filled with fluid.

These are often accompanied by flu-like symptoms such as high temperature, muscle aches and swollen glands.

But transmission of the disease is “limited”, the World Heath Organisation has said

What is monkeypox?

Monkeypox is zoonosis – meaning it is transmitted from animals to humans.

Some people can develop more serious symptoms and it can be fatal.

According to the NHS, monkeypox is usually a mild illness that will get better on its own without treatment.

What are the symptoms?

There are a number of symptoms to look out for.

A high temperature and headache are just two, doctors tell us.

Muscle ache, backache as well as swollen glands can also be a condition.

Chills and exhaustion are also to be looked out for.

How do you contract monkeypox?

It does not spread easily between people, medics say,

But there are a number of possible ways to catch, they warn.

Touching items like clothing, bedding or towels that has been used by an infected person is one example.

You can also be infected by touching monkeypox spots or scabs.

If someone with it coughs or sneezes near you is also a way of contracting the disease.

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