Monkeypox: Another Healthcare Emergency?

Monkeypox: Another Healthcare Emergency?

Monkeypox is a viral disease with symptoms similar to smallpox. The history of monkeypox can be traced back to 1958 when the name ‘monkey pox’ emerged while conducting research on monkeys. Monkeys are not the primary carrier of this disease as they are transferred by contact with an already infected person. Bite from an infected animal or an animal’s contaminated body fluid or fur is the primary cause of monkey pox. The symptoms of Money pox include:

 

  • Fever
  • Body Aches
  • Muscle Aches
  • Exhaustion
  • Chills
  • Swollen Lymph Nodes

 

After contracting this disease, rashes start to appear on the patient’s skin, and the intensity of these rashes can range from mild to severe. 

 

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 The focal points of the disease consist of Africa, tropical rainforests, and now urban areas have also started reporting such cases. The disease has become a concerning issue on social media globally. Still, World Health Organization and multiple doctors confirmed that the rise of monkeypox cannot become an emergency situation like COVID-19 mainly because it is not a novel disease. The vaccine used for smallpox can be used effectively for monkeypox.

 

On Social Media, there was an outcry about the cases of monkeypox in Karachi. Still, the National Institute of Health confirmed that no cases of monkeypox have been detected yet. In a tweet, NIH confirmed that the news circulating on social media regarding monkeypox is fake. Proper medical screenings have been established at airports to detect cases among the passengers coming to Pakistan. Moreover, NIH confirmed that the situation is being closely monitored, so currently, the problem is less concerning.