'Rare and unusual' monkeypox cases are causing global concern. Here's what we know
What is monkeypox?Monkeypox is a rare disease that comes from the same family of viruses as smallpox, which includes cowpox, camelpox, horsepox and others.
The virus was first discovered in 1958 in colonies of research monkeys, according to the CDC
The human first case of the virus was identified in 1970 in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Most monkeypox infections today still occur there, but the disease has also been reported in several other central and western African countries
According to experts, this is a special kind of Pox. Although there is a cure for water pox or smallpox, doctors do not know any specific treatment to cure this rare disease so far.
How does transmission occur?Monkeypox usually spreads to people from infected animals like rodents.
Human-to-human transmission is possible but less common, the World Health Organization said. The virus can also spread through contaminated materials.
The virus doesn’t spread easily between people, although human-to-human transmission typically happens through large respiratory droplets. Those droplets typically can’t travel more than a few feet, so prolonged face-to-face contact is required to spread monkeypox,
What are the symptoms of monkeypox?The initial symptoms of the disease include symptoms such as fever, headache, back and neck pain.
Some of the symptoms of measles, spring, scurvy, and syphilis are found to be somewhat similar to the symptoms of this disease. So many people make the mistake of recognizing the early symptoms of this disease
Monkeypox Virus: Fresh WarningsUntil now, doctors thought that the disease was spread through 'droplets'. Therefore, experts thought that the virus could enter a healthy person's body through the respiratory tract, wounds, nose, mouth or eyes.
But after testing the new cases, doctors fear that the monkey virus can also be spread through sexual intercourse. There are also reports of warnings being issued in this regard.