"Monkeypox virus (MPXV) has got its name from the monkey in which the infection was initially detected. Although no reservoir is determined, it is also found in rodent

With monkeypox cases being recorded in over 20 countries across the globe people are concerned about its spread and transmission as they continue to shield themselves against the ongoing Covid19 scare

Monkeypox virus (MPXV) has got its name from the monkey in which the infection was initially detected. Although no reservoir is determined, MPXV is also found in rodents,

Myth: Monkeypox is a new virus.

Fact: No, the monkeypox virus is not a novel virus. It’s a known virus and is generally seen in central and western African countries as localised outbreaks.

Myth: There is no treatment available

Fact: Monkeypox virus infection is a self-limited infection in most cases. Lesions heal on their own generally by 21 days. 

Myth: Smallpox vaccination or infection does not protect against the monkeypox virus

Fact: Past exposure to smallpox before the 1980s, either through infection or vaccination, is protective. The protection may vary from 80 to 85 per cent and is generally life-long.

Myth: Monkeypox virus infection will spread rapidly like COVID-19

Fact: No it won’t spread rapidly as COVID19 as it is far less contagious and knowledge about the virus already exists so there is no need to panic 

Myth: Monkeypox virus infection cannot be distinguished from smallpox or chickenpox

Myth: Monkeypox virus infection cannot be distinguished from smallpox or chickenpox

Vaccination can help prevent this illness: Smallpox vaccination, which was routine in the US until the 1970s, may be up to 85% effective against monkeypox

Monkeypox Prevention

Monkeypox usually is contagious after symptoms begin, which can help limit its spread 

Is Monkeypox contagious