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  • Writer's pictureChristopher Twrdy

Monkeypox virus (MPV)

Monkeypox is a viral disease. The usual hosts of the virus are rodents. However, the virus is named after the mishost monkey.

The virus is endemic in Central Africa. According to the WHO, the latest worldwide increase in viral diseases is closely monitored. The exact reason for this is not yet known.

The virus is transmitted via droplets, either through close physical contact, or by particles emitted by speaking/breathing. Touching the skin-changes of infected people can also lead to transmission.

Protection against the virus offers the same measures that also help against the coronavirus: washing and disinfecting hands thoroughly, wearing a protective mask also minimizes the risk of transmission.

In addition, there is a vaccination against smallpox, which is also well effective against monkey pox. (IMVANEX)

Until 1980, smallpox vaccination was required by law, which is why Austrians born before 1980 should still have good protection against the virus today.

(A good example of compulsory vaccination, by the way.)

The incubation period is up to 21 days, usually the first symptoms occur after 10 days.

The symptoms are sudden fever, rashes or swollen lymph-nodes. Subsequently, the eponymous smallpox can form. The itchy pustules first appear on the face and then spread over the body.

The illness is notifiable!




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