Image Credit source: PTI
Image Credit source: PTI
Monkeypox virus is spreading in many countries around the world. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), so far there have been about 500 cases of this virus and more than 100 suspects have been found. Countries that have never had cases of monkeypox before. This time also its cases are being found there. Although no infected have died due to this virus so far, but due to its increasing cases, the risk of a new epidemic has increased. Experts say that this is the first time that the cases of monkeypox are increasing so fast. Therefore, one should not make the mistake of taking this virus lightly.
Dr. Yudhveer Singh, Professor, Department of Critical Care, All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi, told Tv9 that one should be cautious in view of the increasing cases of monkeypox. Slowly this virus is spreading all over the world. In such a situation, it is feared that its cases may increase rapidly in the coming days. Cases of monkeypox can also come in India. In such a situation, all steps have to be taken to prevent it. One should not make the mistake of taking this virus lightly.
youth are at greater risk
Dr. told that monkeypox virus is similar to chicken pox. Its symptoms are also almost the same. The world was declared smallpox free in 1980. Before that vaccination was done against it all over the world including India. Now the monkeypox virus of the family of smallpox is spreading again. In such a situation, people who have been vaccinated against chickenpox can be safe from monkeypox, but this virus can spread among the youth. In such a situation, it is necessary that people who have come after traveling to monkeypox affected countries should be specially monitored. If a person coming from abroad has symptoms of monkeypox, isolate him immediately. Do not travel to the forests and do not come in contact with any sick animal.
Will there be as much danger as Corona?
Dr. told that monkeypox is less serious than corona virus. It doesn’t even have much mutation. Like corona, there are very few cases of human-to-human infection in monkeypox. In such a situation, it will not be as dangerous as Kovid was, but this time monkeypox is spreading rapidly and WHO has asked all countries to report its infected and suspected cases. Therefore, all steps have to be taken to prevent this virus.
Will the test be done as soon as there is fever?
The initial symptoms of monkeypox are similar to the flu. Along with fever there is also muscle pain, so should the monkeypox be tested immediately as soon as there is fever? In response to this question, Dr. Yudhveer said that there are many types of diseases in this season. The initial symptom in all is fever. Therefore it is not necessary to get tested for monkeypox as soon as there is fever. See if the rash is not coming out on the face or any part of the body after a day or two of fever. If any such symptom is seen, then the test should be done immediately. In this situation, you should isolate yourself and should not come in contact with any member of the family.
Will monkeypox take the form of an epidemic?
Dr. Jugal Kishore, HOD Professor of Medicine Department of Safdarjung Hospital, said that antiviral drugs exist to protect against monkeypox. There is also a vaccine against it as well. Which can be produced at any time. Therefore, there is no possibility that this virus will take the form of an epidemic. Because monkeypox is not a new virus. This is more than 60 years old. Cases have been reported before this and this virus has never taken a serious form.