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Monkeypox: What You Should Know

Monkeypox is a viral disease with symptoms in humans similar to smallpox, including fever and rash. Anyone can get and spread Monkeypox regardless of sexual orientation. Person to person transmission of the virus can be spread by direct contact with lesions, body fluids of an infected person or with virus-contaminated objects, such as bedding or clothing. 

The incubation period for Monkeypox is between 5 and 21 days. The illness can begin with fevers, muscle aches and swollen lymph nodes. Within 1 to 5 days after the appearance of fever, a rash develops, often beginning on the face then spreading to other parts of the body.

Confirmation of Monkeypox virus infection is based on a swab of the lesion.

Treatment is mainly supportive. The illness is usually mild and most of those infected will recover within a few weeks without treatment. Medications intended to relieve symptoms such as stool softeners, oral rinses, topical creams may be prescribed. The JYNNEOS vaccine that protects against smallpox is being offered as the viruses are related.

Author:
Rupal Bhingradia, MD, FAAFP, FCUCM
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