Things you need to know about Monkey Pox Virus

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Things you need to know about Monkey Pox Virus

The current outbreak of the Monkey Pox has trended on the news lately following its reported break-in Bayelsa state where a medical doctor and 10 persons who were affected are currently being quarantined in an isolation centre at the Niger Delta University Teaching Hospital, Okolobiri in the Yenagoa Local Government Area of the state.

In the light of this, there have been many rumors and misinformation about the disease. Here are 10 questions regarding the outbreak that will set the record straight:

What is Monkey Pox disease?

According to the World Health Organisation, Monkeypox is a rare viral zoonosis (a virus transmitted to humans from animals) with symptoms in humans like those seen in the past in smallpox patients, although less severe. Smallpox was eradicated in 1980. However, monkeypox still occurs sporadically in some parts of Africa.
Monkeypox is a member of the Orthopoxviral genus in the family Poxviridae.
The virus was first identified in the State Serum Institute in Copenhagen, Denmark, in 1958 during an investigation into a pox-like disease among monkeys.

Where did it originate?

Human monkeypox was first identified in humans in 1970 in the Democratic Republic of Congo, in a 9-year-old boy, in a region where smallpox had been eliminated in 1968. Since then, most of the cases have been reported in rural, rainforest regions of the Congo Basin and western Africa, particularly in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where it is endemic. In 1996-97, a major outbreak occurred in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
However, 2003 saw the confirmation of cases in the Midwest of the United States of America, marking the first reported occurrence of the disease outside of the African continent. Most of the patients were reportedly said to have had close contact with pet prairie dogs.
In 2005, a monkeypox outbreak occurred in Unity, Sudan and sporadic cases have been reported from other parts of Africa. Further, in 2009, an outreach campaign among refugees from the Democratic Republic of Congo into the Republic of Congo identified and confirmed two cases of monkeypox. Between August and October 2016, a monkeypox outbreak in the Central African Republic was contained with 26 cases and two deaths.

What are the symptoms?

The interval from infection to onset of symptoms of monkeypox usually runs from Six through 16 days but can range from Five to 21 days.
The number of the scratches varies from a few to several thousand, affecting 70 percent of cases in spoken self-lubricating skins, 30 percent of cases in genitalia, and 20 percent of cases in the eyelid, as well as the eyeball.
Some patients develop severe swell in their lymph nodes before the appearance of the rash, which is a distinctive feature of monkeypox compared to other similar diseases.
Monkeypox is usually a self-limited disease with the symptoms lasting from 14 to 21 days. Severe cases occur more commonly among children and are related to the extent of virus exposure, patient health status and severity of complications.
People living in or near the forested areas may have indirect or low-level exposure to infected animals, possibly leading to subclinical (asymptomatic) infection.
The case fatality has varied widely between epidemics but has been less than 10 percent in documented events, mostly among young children. In general, younger age-groups appear to be more prone to monkeypox.

How is it treated?

There are no specific treatments or vaccines available for monkeypox infection, but outbreaks can be controlled. Vaccination against smallpox has been proven to be 85 percent effective in preventing monkeypox in the past. The vaccine is no longer available to the public after it was discontinued following global smallpox eradication. Nevertheless, prior smallpox vaccination will likely result in a milder disease course.

How does it spread?

Infection of index cases results from direct contact with the blood, bodily fluids, or cutaneous or mucosal cuts of infected animals. Human infections in Africa have been documented through the handling of infected monkeys, Gambian giant rats, and squirrels, with rodents being the major tank of the virus. Eating inadequately cooked meat of infected animals is also a possible risk factor.
Secondary transmission can result from close contact with infected respiratory tract secretions, skin lesions of an infected person or objects recently contaminated by patient fluids or lesion materials. Transmission occurs primarily through droplet of respiratory particles, usually requiring prolonged face-to-face contact, which puts household members of active cases at greater risk of infection. Transmission can also occur by immunization or by the placenta, otherwise known as congenital monkeypox.
Currently, there is no evidence that person-to-person transmission alone can sustain monkeypox infections in the human population.
In recent animal studies of the prairie dog-human monkeypox model, two distinct clades of the virus were identified – the Congo Basin and the West African clades – with the former found to be more virulent.


There are several diagnoses that must be considered include other rash illnesses, such as, smallpox, chickenpox, measles, bacterial skin infections, scabies, syphilis, and medication-associated allergies. Monkeypox can only be diagnosed definitively in the laboratory where the virus can be identified by either of the following: Enzyme-Linked Immune Sorbent Assay, Antigen Detection tests, Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) or Virus Isolation by cell culture.

Reducing the risk of infection in people

Humans have been advised to avoid having close contact with other patients, as this has been proven to be a most significant risk factor for monkeypox virus infection. However, in the absence of specific treatment or vaccine, the only way to reduce infection in people is by creating and increasing awareness of the risk factors and educating people about the measures they can take to reduce exposure to the virus. Surveillance measures and rapid identification of new cases is critical for outbreak containment.



Things you need to know about Monkey Pox Virus


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