What is the Monkeypox virus and how is it spread?
Monkeypox is a viral zoonosis (a virus transmitted from animals to humans) with symptoms that are comparable to those seen in smallpox patients in the past, however, it is less severe clinically. Monkeypox has emerged as the most important orthopoxvirus for public health since the eradication of smallpox in 1980 and the consequent suspension of smallpox vaccination. Monkeypox is largely found in Central and West Africa, particularly near tropical rainforests, and is increasingly being seen in metropolitan areas. Rodents and non-human primates are among the animal hosts.
The disease can spread to people when they are either bitten or come in the contact with blood and body fluids of animals infected with monkeypox. More recently cases are now being reported across the UK, Europe and the US and it is being spread by human to human contact. It is also spread through touching surfaces, clothing, bedding or towels used by someone with the infection.
UK Health Security Agency is warning high-risk close contacts of confirmed Monkeypox cases should isolate for 21 days.
Monkeypox virus is a double-stranded DNA virus belonging to the Orthopoxvirus genus in the Poxviridae family. The virus is mostly found in Central and West African tropical rainforests. Close contact with an infected person is the most common method of human-to-human transmission.
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