Health authorities have detected a possible monkey pox outbreak in Wales. So far there have been two reported cases of Monkey pox in Wales.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock confirmed the UK is dealing with an outbreak of monkeypox while addressing the Health and Social Select Committee on Thursday.
According to Hancock, the index case contracted the pox from overseas and have infected the second person in the UK
What is Monkey Pox?
Monkey pox is a rare small pox like viral disease. It is one of the human orthopoxviruses, double-stranded DNA and zoonotic virus. Common in the rain forest countries of central and west Africa, it is caused by monkey pox virus.
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What are the Symptoms of Monkey Pox
Monkey pox symptoms are
- Muscle pain
- swollen lymph nodes
- shortness of breath (in rare cases)
How is Monkey Pox Transmitted
Monkey pox is commonly transmitted from wild animals such as rodents and primates. Monkey pox could be transmitted from human to human by contact with lesions, body fluids, respiratory droplets and contaminated materials such as bedding.
Monkey Pox Mortality Rate
According to World Health Organisation (WHO), one in every ten persons infected with monkey pox may die. Most death occur amongst the younger age group.
Monkey Pox Vaccine
Small Pox vaccines can be used as a vaccine for monkey pox. Scientists have recorded about 85% effectiveness against monkey pox.