Monkeypox is a disease that is mostly transmitted from animals to humans or even from one person to another. It’s important to know that you can catch monkeypox from another person.
You can even catch it just by touching an article of clothing that had contact with the rash or sores, or bodily fluids of someone who has the disease. People with weak immune systems are more likely to get it and get it more severely. You can also contract the virus by having direct contact with fluid from lesions on people afflicted with monkeypox.
Symptoms of Monkeypox
Monkeypox is characterized by a number of symptoms including flu-like symptoms of fever, headache, and general discomfort. Muscle aches also afflict people that have been exposed to the virus. It’s very important to know that, unlike COVID-19, it is not generally possible for monkeypox to be asymptomatic.
People who have contracted monkeypox typically develop a rash with a series of bumps that can appear on the palms of their hands and soles of their feet.
The rash usually features a number of raised bumps that are red and swollen. The bumps are filled with fluid and will eventually scab over. Although the virus isn’t always fatal, monkeypox causes painful lesions that can be particularly excruciating.
Treatments for Monkeypox
Some people with monkeypox get better after a number of weeks without any special treatment. That said, people with weak immune systems may need to be hospitalized.
Antiviral drugs may be administered, however, the extent of their efficacy against the disease remains unclear. Presently, there are a number of vaccines for monkeypox that are available, however, supplies are low.
The vaccines that are available were not developed specifically for monkeypox as they were originally designed to prevent cases of smallpox. While smallpox has the potential to be much deadlier than a virus like monkeypox, a vaccine that’s more specific to monkeypox may need to be developed if the number of cases continues to rise.
Bottom Line, Stay Safe and Get Vaccinated
The bottom line here is that we’re not out of the woods yet, or the glades as it were. Both COVID-19 and monkeypox pose a serious threat to the health, wellness, and safety of Floridians throughout the state. Moreover, these viruses also pose a significant threat to people across the country and around the world.
Despite the fact that monkeypox is still somewhat rare, it’s important to be aware of it because anyone with a weak immune system will suffer from viruses like monkeypox the most.
With threats like COVID-19 and monkeypox, it’s important for people to take charge of their health and get vaccinated against these diseases before they spiral out of control and cause further harm to the state, the nation, and the world.