Monkeypox virus spreads in three ways, how dangerous will its outbreak be in India?

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Monkeypox virus spreads in three ways, how dangerous will its outbreak be in India?

India is fully prepared for monkeypox.

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There are means to avoid monkeypox in the country. The smallpox vaccine, the same vaccine can protect against it. This vaccine can be administered to people at any time. Apart from this, we also have antiviral medicines to avoid this virus.

The threat of monkeypox virus is increasing continuously around the world. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), so far 257 cases have been reported in 23 countries. It is a matter of concern that cases of this virus are coming in those countries, where this virus is not usually found. However, it is a matter of relief that at present the death of any patient from monkeypox has not been confirmed. WHO says that this is the first time that cases of monkeypox virus are spreading in Central Africa. If this virus mutates and infects those with weak immunity, then it can increase the risk. In such a situation, all countries will have to take strict steps to prevent it. Surveillance, testing and tracing of people who came in contact with the infected will have to be done. People coming from countries affected by this virus will also have to be specially monitored. Only then will the spread of this virus be stopped.

In view of the increasing cases of monkeypox virus, there has been an alert in India too. Special monitoring is being done for travelers coming from monkeypox affected countries. Samples are being taken for the test from the areas where more tourists come. Although no case of monkeypox has been reported in India so far, but experts say that if there is an outbreak of monkeypox in India, then it can spread rapidly, although it will also depend on how its transmission in the country. Will be from.

Can monkeypox be more dangerous than corona?

In this regard, Professor Dr. Jugal, Department of Medicine, Safdarjung Hospital, says that the incubation period of monkeypox is 5 to 21 days. That is, its symptoms can be seen in the patient at any time in such a day. During this, the virus is growing in the patient’s body. When there is fever and the test is done then it is known that the patient is infected with this virus. The matter of concern is that after 21 days of being infected, this virus can also spread through cough and cold. It also happens by touching an infected patient and also spreads through blood. That is, there are many ways of spreading this virus. In such a situation, if it has an outbreak, then it can spread faster than the corona.


Dr. told that if this virus spread, then due to this there is a possibility of more deaths than corona. Because the death rate in monkeypox virus is up to 6 percent, while in corona it is only 2 percent. The dangerous thing in this is that the rash present in the body of a person infected with monkeypox. They can cause many types of diseases in the body. This virus is similar to smallpox and can do the same damage.


Although up to 90 percent of patients recover from this, but 10 percent of patients can be at great risk from monkeypox virus. This virus can also damage the brain, heart and lungs. If it starts spreading in humans then it can also take the form of an epidemic. Therefore, in any case, the monkeypox virus should not be taken lightly.

Do we have the means to avoid the virus?

Professor Kishor says that there are means to avoid monkeypox in the country. The smallpox vaccine, the same vaccine can protect against it. We do not need to make a separate effort to make that vaccine. This vaccine can be administered to people at any time. Apart from this, we also have antiviral medicines to avoid this virus. In such a situation, if a case of this virus comes in India, then taking special care, the symptoms of the infected will have to be monitored and if the cases increase rapidly then vaccination will also have to be done. However, if the infected are isolated in time and people are made aware of this virus, then there will be no danger in India.

what to do to protect

Experts say that the way to protect against this virus is also the same, which is from other viruses. The most important thing is to take care of hand hygiene. Do not come in contact with anyone who has a rash or fever. Take care of cleanliness in the house. If an animal is sick, stay away from it. For the time being, avoid going to the forests for some time.

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(The author is a senior journalist, the views expressed in the article are the personal of the author.)

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