Ever since the infection started spreading rapidly in the last two months, the European Union has alerted many countries to take precautionary measures.
- Monkeypox infections have spread to a total of 20 new countries in the last two months.
- Over 250 new cases have been confirmed from North American, European, and Middle Eastern countries.
- The primary symptoms are high fever with rashes near the hands, face, and genitals.
Monkeypox has been spreading rapidly in European countries and even in the USA and Canada. A total of 250 new cases have been confirmed so far. Most of them are from the UK, followed by Spain and Portugal.
“Even though the disease is endemic in many West African countries, it can reach the same level of endemic in European countries too” – this is what the EU Disease Control Agency report said.
How Does Monkeypox Spread?
According to reports by WHO, the virus is not an easily transmissible disease like the Covid virus.
The monkeypox infection spreads primarily by coming in contact with body fluids and salival droplets from an infected person. This has been the main mode of spreading the disease, mostly taking place amongst passengers in an aircraft.
However, it has been identified as a sexually transmitted disease (STD). Having unprotected intercourse with infected people can also spread the infection. This has been commonly noted amongst homosexual men.
What Are The Monkeypox Symptoms To Look Out For?
Reports suggest that monkeypox can be identified in people having high fever, followed by rashes all over the body.
The rashes look like chickenpox and smallpox rashes, though not as severe or painful as them. These rashes mostly appear on the hands and faces of infected people. If it spreads like an STD, then these rashes will also appear near the genitals and buttocks.
These symptoms stay for two to three weeks before the person recovers fully. Thankfully, WHO has confirmed it’s not fatal, but its rapid spread sparks other challenges for countries.