What is monkeypox

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Hi team,

Dr Tristan is here.

You have heard on the news about Monkeypox and you might wonder what it is.

 

A man has been diagnosed with monkeypox in Victoria and another case has been confirmed in New South Wales. It’s the first time the virus has been recorded in Australia. 

Monkeypox is a rare disease that is caused by infection with monkeypox virus. monkeypox has been reported in people in African countries. 

Monkeypox have occurred outside Africa linked to international travel or imported animals.
 
Transmission of monkeypox virus occurs when a person comes into contact with the virus from an animal, human, or materials contaminated with the virus.
 
Monkeypox begins with fever, headache, muscle aches, and exhaustion.
 
Within 1-3 days of fever, the patient develops a rash, beginning on the face then spreading to other parts of the body.
 
The illness typically lasts for 2−4 weeks.
 In Africa, monkeypox has been shown to cause death in 1 in 10 persons.
 
No treatment available currently.
 
It can be prevented by good hygiene and vaccine is available.
 

Monkeypox is confirmed through a combination of laboratory testing and clinical assessment.

If you think you may be infected with monkeypox, seek urgent medical assistance.

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