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Two cases of monkeypox have been found in North Wales, UK. Health officials in Wales have feared that both patients may have been infected outside the UK. Patients are being monitored and how the infection spread is being ascertained. Officials say, the risk of spreading the infection from patients to healthy people is low.
What is monkeypox virus
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), monkeypox is a zoonotic viral disease. That is, this virus reaches humans from infected animals. Most of its cases are found in the rainforests of Central and West Africa. The monkeypox virus is transmitted to humans by contact with the blood, sweat or saliva of an infected animal. According to experts, the monkeypox virus belongs to the group of smallpox.
Be alert if you see these symptoms
The symptoms of monkeypox are similar to those of smallpox. Get alerted if you experience blisters and rashes on the skin, fever, headache, back pain, muscle aches and tiredness. This is a sign of being infected with the monkeypox virus.
Rashes appear on the 1st to 5th day after infection
According to the UK health agency NHS, skin rashes appear 1 to 5 days after infection. This is its initial symptom. These rashes start from the face, gradually they spread to other parts of the body. These rashes gradually turn into blisters and liquid is filled in them.
The risk of death remains up to 11 percent
According to the WHO, the risk of death in case of monkeypox is up to 11 percent. A vaccine called ‘Vaccine Immune Globulin’ is used to protect against smallpox. Due to being a virus of the same group, the same vaccine is applied to the patient to protect against infection with monkeypox.
This virus was first detected in 1970
The virus was first detected in 1970 in the Democratic Republic of Congo. After that it gradually spread to many countries of the world. Its cases were first reported in the US in 2003.