Connect with us

Monkeypox

Expert Blog – Monkeypox Outbreak: Myths VS Facts

Let’s review some common myths circulating about the viral disease Monkeypox and clear up the confusion with reliable facts

Expert Blog - Monkeypox Outbreak: Myths VS Facts
The World Health Organisation has declared Monkeypox a global public health emergency of international concern

Since early May, Monkeypox has been spreading rapidly around the world. Now with the three cases confirmed in Kerala and one in Delhi, people have many questions on their minds. Considering the recent developments, WHO (World Health Organization) has declared the highest level of alert for Monkeypox as PHEIC (Public Health Emergency of International Concern). Here are some common myths circulating about the viral disease and facts to clear up the confusion.

Also Read: Monkeypox Scare In India: How Severe Is The Disease And Should We Be Worried? Experts Explain

Myth: Monkeypox is a protracted disease.

Fact: No, to the contrary Monkeypox is a self-limiting disease and it generally lasts for about 2-4 weeks.

Myth: Monkeypox spreads by contact with monkeys.

Fact: It spreads also by contact with infected patients, close contact like kissing, touching, and sexual activity, and from infected surfaces such as the bedding of an infected person.

Myth: Monkeypox is limited to Africa.

Fact: It is also spreading to other continents such as Europe and Asia.

Myth: Monkeypox cannot be differentiated from chickenpox or smallpox.

Fact: Although its presentation is similar to smallpox and chicken pox, Monkeypox can be differentiated by its clinical characteristics. Also, laboratory tests will further help to distinguish and assist with proper treatment. Quantitative PCR (qPCR) and sequencing tests will diagnose the Monkeypox virus.

Also Read: Five Things To Know About Monkeypox

Myth: There is no vaccine for the prevention of Monkeypox.

Fact: The smallpox vaccine is effective in preventing Monkeypox, but it is not widely available.

Myth: Monkeypox is extremely contagious.

Fact: It’s far less contagious than COVID-19 or smallpox.

Myth: Monkeypox is untreatable.

Fact: It is usually self-limiting and requires simple medicines. Tecovirinat is an approved drug for Monkeypox but is available in selected continents only.

Also Read: World Health Organisation Declares Monkeypox Global Public Health Emergency

Myth: It has the potential for being pandemic and spreading rapidly like COVID-19.

Fact: Less likely, as Monkeypox is far less contagious. There is no need to panic as knowledge about the virus already exists.

Myth: There are no tests available for diagnosis.

Fact: PCR test can specifically diagnose Monkeypox.

Myth: Monkeypox is fatal.

Fact: So far, the case fatality ratio of Monkeypox is less. In fact, no deaths have been reported in the current outbreak, outside Africa.

Also Read: Monkeypox Outbreak: WHO Reports 14,000 Cases In Over 70 Countries

(About The Author: Dr. Jayesh Timane is the Head of Department of Internal Medicine and Critical Care, American Oncology Institute at Nangia Specialty Hospital, Nagpur.)

Disclaimer: These are the personal opinions of the author.

NDTV – Dettol have been working towards a clean and healthy India since 2014 via the Banega Swachh India initiative, which is helmed by Campaign Ambassador Amitabh Bachchan. The campaign aims to highlight the inter-dependency of humans and the environment, and of humans on one another with the focus on One Health, One Planet, One Future – Leaving No One Behind. It stresses on the need to take care of, and consider, everyone’s health in India – especially vulnerable communities – the LGBTQ population, indigenous people, India’s different tribes, ethnic and linguistic minorities, people with disabilities, migrants, geographically remote populations, gender and sexual minorities. In wake of the current COVID-19 pandemic, the need for WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) is reaffirmed as handwashing is one of the ways to prevent Coronavirus infection and other diseases. The campaign will continue to raise awareness on the same along with focussing on the importance of nutrition and healthcare for women and children, fight malnutrition, mental wellbeing, self care, science and health, adolescent health & gender awareness. Along with the health of people, the campaign has realised the need to also take care of the health of the eco-system. Our environment is fragile due to human activity, which is not only over-exploiting available resources, but also generating immense pollution as a result of using and extracting those resources. The imbalance has also led to immense biodiversity loss that has caused one of the biggest threats to human survival – climate change. It has now been described as a “code red for humanity.” The campaign will continue to cover issues like air pollution, waste management, plastic ban, manual scavenging and sanitation workers and menstrual hygiene. Banega Swasth India will also be taking forward the dream of Swasth Bharat, the campaign feels that only a Swachh or clean India where toilets are used and open defecation free (ODF) status achieved as part of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2014, can eradicate diseases like diahorrea and the country can become a Swasth or healthy India.

Highlights Of The 12-Hour Telethon

Reckitt’s Commitment To A Better Future

India’s Unsung Heroes

Women’s Health

हिंदी में पड़े

Folk Music For A Swasth India

RajasthanDay” src=