Monkey pox is a rare viral infestation transmitted from animals to human (viral zoonosis) similar to small pox except that the former is milder and less complicated.

The first case of monkey pox was reported in Congo and since then, it has occured in 5 countries including Nigeria. The viral infection can be transmitted by (vectors) rodents, monkeys and medium via blood and body fluids. In essence it can be transmitted through contact with an infected person.

Symptoms of money pox
They include

  • Rashes
  • Papules
  • Fever
  • Muscle pain
  • Chills
  • Dry cough
  • Backache
  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • Tiredness
  • Malaise

 

Treatment of Monkey pox

Monkey pox is self limiting and the symptoms may last 2-4 weeks, however it can be treated with antiviral drugs after diagnosis in the laboratory.

 

Prevention

Avoid contact with infected person and one of the best way to prevent monkey pox is vaccination