What is Monkey Pox?
Monkey Pox is a viral disease that can spread to humans from animals. It has primarily occurred in Central and West Asia and near the tropical rainforest and it is increasing in urban areas too. Various animal species have been identified as the susceptible carrier of the Monkeypox virus. The animal species that are suspected are rope squirrels, tree squirrels, Gambian pouched rats, dormice, and other species. Some of the common symptoms of Monkeypox are headache feeling tiredness, muscle pain, swollen lymph nodes, rashes, and blisters.
Monkeypox causes damage to both humans and animals. The virus is mainly found near the tropical rainforest regions of West Africa and Central Africa. The first case of Monkeypox was discovered in 1970 in humans. Between 1970 and 1979, there were 50 cases and more than two-thirds of these were from Zaire. By 1986, 400 human cases were reported. Till now the primary root of infection is found to be contact with infected animals or their bodily fluids. The outbreak of Monkeypox outside Africa was first reported in 2013 in the United States. The cause of the outbreak was an infected prairie dog from an imported Gambian pouched rat
Symptoms of monkeypox are similar to smallpox and it begins with headache fever and muscle aches. The only difference between smallpox and monkeypox is the swelling of lymph nodes. After a few days of fever, the patient develops rashes and blisters and which spreads throughout the body.
- Muscle aches
- Swollen lymph nodes
FAQs on Monkey Pox
1. What are some facts about Monkeypox?
Ans. Monkeypox is a viral disease that occurs in humans and animals due to the monkeypox virus. It is similar to human smallpox but it is much milder than smallpox.
2. Can Monkeypox spread from person to person?
Ans. There is a limited report of the spreading of monkey fox person to person. It can be found in both humans and animals and the nonfatal cases of Monkeypox can result in permanent vision loss due to damage to the cornea.
3. When was the first case of Monkeypox?
Ans. The first case of Monkeypox in humans was recorded in 1970 and the democratic republic of Congo.