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Moneypox in Nigeria: 5 things you need to know
What Is Monkeypox?
Monkeypox is a rare disease common in central and western Africa. It is caused by a poxvirus and occurs mostly in wild rodents and primates. When it is transmitted to humans it resembles smallpox, however, it is milder.
Recently, over 80 people in about 12 European countries have contracted the virus.
The first reported case in the UK was on May 7, 2022 from a patient who recently visited Nigeria. Since then, the UK has confirmed over 20 cases.
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5 Things You Need To Know About Monkeypox.
- Monkeypox was first discovered among monkeys in Congo.
Monkeypox was first discovered in 1958 among laboratory monkeys.
The first human case of monkeypox was in 1970, which was discovered in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
After this discovery, monkeypox has been reported in many central and western African countries such as Nigeria, Gabon, Cameroon, Liberia, and others.
- Monkeypox is spread by contact.
Monkeypox can be transmitted from close contact with infected people. It passages are the eyes, nose, mouth and broken skin.
It can also be spread through sex and contact with infected animals such as monkeys, rats and squirrels, or contaminated objects.
- Monkeypox causes painful rashes
Some of the symptoms of monkeypox include swellings around the body, fever, headaches, back pain, and aching muscles.
The rashes usually pop up around the face, palms and feet and are quite painful and itchy. They also cause scars and wounds on the body due to excessive scratching.
- Monkeypox isn’t deadly
Monkeypox isn’t deadly. It usually clears up within 14 to 21 days after taking the appropriate medication. Although, in Africa, its fatality rate is 1 to 10.
- Gay and bisexual men are at risk
According to the UK Health Security Agency, a notable proportion of the virus has been found among gay and bisexual men. This makes this group of people prone to the virus.