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Following the outbreak of Monkey Pox in Bayelsa, there have been some fear among residents and its ability to be transmitted is a major concern.
According to the World Health Organisation, monkeypox is a rare disease that occurs primarily in remote parts of Central and West Africa, near tropical rainforests.
“The monkeypox virus can cause a fatal illness in humans and, although it is similar to human smallpox which has been eradicated, it is much milder,” WHO says.
Infection of index cases results from direct contact with the blood, bodily fluids, or cutaneous or mucosal lesions of infected animals
Other Facts:
– Monkeypox is a rare disease that occurs primarily in remote parts of Central and West Africa, near tropical rainforests.
– The monkeypox virus can cause a fatal illness in humans and, although it is similar to human smallpox which has been eradicated, it is much milder.
– The monkeypox virus is transmitted to people from various wild animals but has limited secondary spread through human-to-human transmission.
– Typically, case fatality in monkeypox outbreaks has been between 1% and 10%, with most deaths occurring in younger age groups.
– There is no treatment or vaccine available although prior smallpox vaccination was highly effective in preventing monkeypox as well.
Credit: World Health Organization

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