Monkeypox: What you need to know about the virus — and how to protect yourself

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Like the monkeypox virus becomes a health problem that Americans seem to be increasingly hearing about, what are some of the best practices for avoiding the virus — and is it time to be concerned?

Fox News Digital spoke Monday with doctor seal of marc, a physician and professor of medicine at NYU Langone Medical Center in New York, and a Fox News contributor, on the monkeypox virus.

He said the virus is usually not serious, although the rash is “painful” and “can cause scarring”, he said.

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Dr Siegel said no one should get “into panic”, as many people have done with the covid pandemic.

“I think it’s hard to contract,” Dr. Siegel said of monkeypox. “I would just say be aware of close contact with people with a rash.”

Dr. Marc Siegel spoke with Fox News Digital on Monday, July 25, 2022 about the monkeypox virus, which the World Health Organization (WHO) has just declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (USPPI).
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Saying that health officials still believe “it’s mostly in the community of men who have sex with men,” Siegel shared that this is currently their “main focus.”

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Dr. Siegel pointed out that “given how hard this thing is to spread, it’s not going to look like another COVID.”

“I am requesting an emergency use authorization for TPOXX [an anti-viral drug]that works,” said Dr. Siegel.

“But you can’t even get it now unless you sign up for a protocol first.”

There are two monkeypox vaccines, Siegel said, “one which is the old live virus vaccine – which is very similar to a smallpox vaccine I had as a child,” a- he added.

Monkeypox “will not be like another COVID”.

“There is a national stockpile of this and [it’s] over 100 million doses,” he explained.

“But the problem with that is that we don’t really want to give that out unless we have a huge outbreak because it’s a live virus vaccine” – and as such it “has side effects”.

There is also an “inactivated” vaccine called JYANNEOS. “That’s the way to go,” Dr. Siegel said.

A 1997 image provided by the CDC during an investigation into an outbreak of monkeypox.  This patient presented with the appearance of the characteristic rash during his recovery phase.

A 1997 image provided by the CDC during an investigation into an outbreak of monkeypox. This patient presented with the appearance of the characteristic rash during his recovery phase.
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The doctor believes a warning to the gay community is appropriate from medical professionals, along with the advice to remain calm.

“Again, we don’t want to panic, treating this like COVID,” Dr. Siegel said.

“I’m more concerned about sexual transmission at this point,” he said.

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Below are some key information and “best practices” when it comes to monkeypox, so that everyone can protect themselves as much as possible.

What is monkey pox?

“Monkeypox is a rare disease caused by infection with the monkeypox virus. Monkeypox virus is in the same family of viruses as variola virus, the virus that causes smallpox,” the CDC notes on its website. Internet.

Symptoms of monkeypox are milder than symptoms of smallpox – and monkeypox is rarely fatal.

The virus is not related to chickenpox, the CDC says. Monkeypox was discovered in 1958 when two outbreaks of a smallpox-like disease appeared in monkeys kept for research.

Why is it called monkeypox?

Despite its name, the source of the disease is unknown.

However, it is possible that African rodents and non-human primates (such as monkeys) harbor the virus and infect people, the CDC says on its website.

Good hygiene is important to protect yourself from monkeypox – it is also advisable to wash your hands, keep healthy distances and wash the laundry of infected people.

Good hygiene is important to protect yourself from monkeypox – it is also advisable to wash your hands, keep healthy distances and wash the laundry of infected people.
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What are the symptoms of monkeypox?

Symptoms of monkeypox include headache, muscle aches, exhaustion, fever, back pain, swollen lymph nodes, and chills.

Within one to three days, a rash and lesions may also develop, according to the CDC.

What preventive measures can be taken against monkey pox?

The CDC shares many healthy actions we can all take to limit contact and disease transmission.

Some of these tips: Avoid close skin-to-skin contact with people who have a rash.

Do not handle or touch the bedding, towels, or clothing of someone with monkeypox.

Do not touch the rash or scabs of someone with monkeypox.

Do not share utensils, plates or cups with someone infected with the virus.

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Do not handle or touch the bedding, towels, or clothing of someone with monkeypox.

Wash your hands often with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

Isolate yourself at home if you develop monkeypox.  Very close personal contact is a cause of the rapid spread of the virus, the CDC said.

Isolate yourself at home if you develop monkeypox. Very close personal contact is a cause of the rapid spread of the virus, the CDC said.
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If you are in Central and West Africa, avoid contact with animals that could spread the virus. These would usually be rodents and primates.

Also avoid sick or dead animals, as well as bedding or anything they have touched, the CDC noted.

What do you do if you get monkeypox?

Isolate at home. The very close personal contact is another cause of the rapid spread of the virus.

If you have an active rash or other symptoms, “stay in a separate room or area away from the people or pets you live with, when possible,” the CDC noted.

“I will maintain my COVID protocols to stay safe from monkeypox,” a human resources professional from Kensington, Maryland – who recently recovered from COVID — told Fox News Digital after hearing about the CDC’s best practices.

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“I have COVID fatigue, but I also have common sense habits that I learned from it, that I will continue,” she noted.

“Wash your hands, keep healthy distances and improve your housekeeping practices – at home and at work,” she also said.

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