Monkeypox :: Zoonotic poxvirus infection that can occur in both humans and some other animals.
Monkeypox is an infectious viral disease that can occur in both humans and some other animals.
Early symptoms include fever, headache, muscle pains, shivering, backache, and feeling extremely tired.
Typically there are swollen lymph nodes behind the ear, below the jaw, in the neck or in the groin. This is followed by a rash that forms blisters and crusts over; most frequently in the mouth, on the face, hands and feet, genitals and eyes.
The time from exposure to onset of symptoms is on average 12 days; though ranges from 5-to-21 days. The duration of symptoms is typically two to four weeks. Cases may be severe, especially in children, pregnant women or people with supressed immune systems.
Monkeypox may be spread from handling bushmeat, an animal bite or scratch, body fluids, contaminated objects, or close contact with an infected person.
The virus normally circulates among certain rodents.
Diagnosis can be confirmed by testing a lesion for the virus’s DNA.
The disease can appear similar to chickenpox.