Monkeypox is related to smallpox, a disease that was eradicated in 1980, but is less contagious, causes milder symptoms and is less deadly.
The illness usually lasts two to four weeks and symptoms may appear anywhere from five to 21 days after infection.
Monseypox symptoms usually begin with a combination of fever, headache, muscle aches, back pain, chills, fatigue, and inflammation of the lymph nodes.
This latest symptom is often the one that helps doctors differentiate monkeys from chickenpox or smallpox, according to the WHO.
Once you have the flu, the main feature of monmoypox, a severe rash, usually appears one to three days later, usually starting on the face and extending to other parts of the body.
The number of lesions may range from a few to a few.
The sores will go through a painful process of maturation, from macules (flat wounds) to papules (raised ulcers), vesicles (fluid-filled ulcers), and then pustules (pus-filled lesions) and finally the crust (crusty lesions) before of the final fall. turned off.
Why is it called a monkey?
The monopoly virus belongs to the genus Orthopoxvirus in the family Poxviridae. It was first discovered in 1958 when an outbreak of pox-like disease occurred in laboratory mice reserved for research, hence the name.
But monkeys may not be the ones to blame for the outbreak, and the monopoly water reservoir is unknown, although the WHO says that mice are the most likely.
“In Africa, evidence has been found to be infected with the mantleypox virus in many species including rope squirrels, tree squirrels, Gambia poachers, dormice, and various species of monkeys,” says the UN health agency.
Where is monkeypox found?
Human monkeypox is the main cause of tropical deforestation in Central and West Africa and is rarely seen in Europe.
The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) had its first recorded human monkey incident in 1970.
The first monkeypox outbreak reported outside Africa was related to the importation of infected mammals in 2003 into the United States, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
More recently, in 2018 and 2019, two travelers from the United Kingdom, one from Israel, and one from Singapore, all with a history of travel in Nigeria, were found with a monkey following a major outbreak there, according to the European health center, European. Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC),