Monkeypox Declared World Health Emergency By World Health Organisation (WHO)

Ridhi Dogra

Created by Ridhi Dogra
Updated on Jul 25, 2022

Monkeypox Declared World Health Emergency By World Health Organisation WHO

In a recent case, a Nigerian man living in Delhi, with no recent foreign travel history, has tested positive for Monkeypox, as per the reports submitted by the health officials. In fact, he is the second person in Delhi to test positive for the infection. Currently, he is admitted to the LNJP hospital, the hospital for the treatment of the infection. He has fever and blisters from the last 5 days. To add to this, a 22-year old boy who has returned from UAE died of the Monkeypox infection on Saturday. Following the death of the boy in Kerala, the Indian government has formed a high level committee for the further health investigation. The sudden outbreak of the monkeypox represents a state of global health emergency, and the World Health Organisation called in for the highest level of alert, as said by WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. The WHO was further quoted saying that there is a need to deisgn a public health emergency of international concern in order to unlock funding and global efforts to collectively collaborate on sharing vaccines and treatments. The cases for the Monkeypox is growing rapidly across the globe thereby spreading to the regions that had never experienced it. Till date there have been 14,533 probable confirmed monkeypox cases reported from around 72 countries this year until July 20. 

What is Monkeypox?

Monkeypox is a disease that is caused by an infection with monkeypox virus. To add to this, monkeypox virus belongs to the same family as that of viruses such as variola virus, which causes smallpox. Even the symptoms of both the diseases are quite similar, but milder, and monkeypox is hardly fatal. You must also know that monkeypox is not related to chickenpox. 

Symptoms of Monkeypox 

Listed below are some of the symptoms of monkeypox that you must take into account-

  • Fever

  • Headache 

  • Muscle and Backache 

  • Swollen Lymph Nodes

  • Chills 

  • Exhaustion

  • Rashes that can look like pimples or blisters and they start appearing on the face first. 

Well, the illness will last for around 2-4 weeks. It can certainly happen that some people can get rashes first followed by other symptoms. 

How Can You Catch It?

Monkeypox can spread easily when someone can come in close contact with an infected person. The virus can easily enter the body through broken skin, the respiratory tract, and even through the eyes, nose and mouth. 

Intensity of the Monkeypox Virus 

As already mentioned above, most of the monkeypox cases are mild, and they can easily clear up within a few weeks. However, in parts of west Africa, the virus has created havoc as there were some deaths reported too with the virus. 

Treatment for Monkeypox Virus 

Since the symptoms are mild people can recover from the virus quickly. The infection can easily spread through closed contact, so it is very important to isolate yourself from the infected person. WHO states that for the areas that have rashes or boils should be kept dried and if possible you can also cover it with moist dressing. As a matter of fact, make sure that you are maintaining a proper and a safe distance from the infected person and avoid touching their stuff right from utensils to clothes etc. 

Vaccination for Monkeypox Virus 

Since the monkeypox virus shares its close ties with the smallpox virus, therefore, the smallpox virus vaccine can easily protect you from the monkeypox virus. The vaccines are protective in protecting the individual from the virus and will keep you safe. Since the first case has already been reported in India, it is vital that you must take your vaccination at the earliest. 

Wrapping Up

Well, one case of the monkeypox virus has already been reported in India so it is very important that the information should reach out to the masses and they must take all the necessary precautions to keep themselves and their loved ones safe and sound. The best way to stay away from the virus is to keep yourself aloof from the infected person and make sure that you have got yourself vaccinated. 

Stay Safe!

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| Jul 19, 2022

Yeah, In a recent turn of events, India reported its first ever case of Monkeypox on Thursday. Well, a man with a travel history to UAE had tested positive for the monkeypox virus in Kerala. The blog post you shared about Monkeypox. Anyway, at this time, I just told a friend to solve my case study. I think this is among the most vital information for me. And I'm glad to read your article.

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| Jul 25, 2022

What type of care should we take when we come across symptoms

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| Aug 01, 2022

World Health Organisation has declared a global health emergency due to the outbreak of monkeypox in West Africa. I prefer to check this and get more new tips about landscape services. Monkeypox is a rare viral infection and is highly contagious, transmitting through direct contact or contact with contaminated objects. The World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Monday that the toll could be substantial if not contained quickly a situation WHO called for urgent action to prevent "an ugly end".

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