All You Need To Know About Monkeypox And How To Prevent It - WHO

Monkeypox is a viral zoonosis (a virus transmitted to humans from animals) with symptoms similar to those seen in the past in smallpox patients, although it is clinically less severe. (WHO).

Monkeypox can be caught from infected rodents (such as rats, mice and squirrels) in parts of west and central Africa. You can catch monkeypox from an infected animal if you're bitten or you touch its blood, body fluids, spots, blisters or scabs.

There has been about 21 confirmed cases and 1 death in Nigeria since January, 2022 to date.

Symptoms include; fever, headache, muscle pains, shivering, backache, and feeling extremely tired.

Preventive measures:
• Avoid contact with animals that could harbor the virus.

• Avoid contact with any materials, such as bedding, that has been in contact with a sick animal.

• Isolation of infection animals or humans.

• Wash your hands clean with soap and water or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

• Use personal protective equipment (PPE) when caring for patients.

Vaccines used during the smallpox eradication programme also provided protection against monkeypox. Newer vaccines have been developed of which one has been approved for prevention of monkeypox.
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