Is monkey pox a sexually transmitted disease like AIDS? Find out what the experts say

Monkey pox virus: Cases of monkey pox virus are increasing rapidly worldwide. Most people infected with this virus in the United States are gay men.

Monkey pox shook the world.

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Government of Kerala to spread monkey pox (Monkeypox in India) Vigilance has been increased to prevent. A special alert has been issued for five districts. So far, two cases of monkeypox virus have been reported in this southern state. After presiding over a high-level meeting, State Health Minister Veena George informed about issuing a special alert for five districts. Significantly, some people from Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Pathanamthitta, Alappuzha and Kottayam were co-passengers of the infected person on the IndiGo flight that took off from Sharjah to Thiruvananthapuram on July 12. Keeping in view the seriousness of the situation following the notification of two cases of monkey pox in the country, the Union Health Ministry on Monday (July 18) revised the steps for health screening of international travelers arriving in India at the country’s airports and seaports.

international passenger control

The meeting was attended by airport and seaport health officials and regional directors of regional health and family welfare offices. A health ministry statement said they were advised to ensure strict health screening of all incoming international travelers to reduce the risk of monkeypox cases spreading outside the country.

Along with this, they have been asked to confirm the hospital facilities at each port as well as the arrangements for separating the infected person and taking them to the hospital. Together, these officers have been instructed to work in coordination with immigration and all agencies at international ports and airports.

More than 9 thousand cases have arrived

According to the World Health Organization, as of July 12, 2022, the number of cases of monkeypox worldwide was 9,200. 912 cases have been registered in France (July 12). Italy reported 339 cases (15 July) and the Netherlands 549 cases (14 July). At the same time, 2,447 cases have been reported in Spain (July 12) and 1,856 cases in the United Kingdom. (1,778 in England, 46 in Scotland, 12 in Northern Ireland and 20 in Wales as of July 14); On the other hand, 228 cases have been reported in Brazil (11 July), 500 cases in Canada (14 July) and 1,469 cases in the US on 14 July.

Monkey pox is not a sexually transmitted disease

Dr Hemlata Arora, general practitioner and infectious disease specialist at Nanavati Hospital, Mumbai, told TV9, “Monkey pox is a sexually transmitted disease. (sexually transmitted disease) not there It is a smallpox-like disease that spreads through person-to-person contact. It can be spread from one person to another like chicken pox: if you sit next to an infected person for a long time and touch them, if you also touch them, their clothes or a towel, you will get the disease.

Said the monkey pox COVID-19[feminine] Not so contagious. Dr Arora said: “Diseases like influenza are much more contagious as they spread through the air and droplets. Monkey pox is spread through the fluid present in the raised granules in the body. When a person touches them, becomes infected. Therefore, the caregiver is more prone to infection. The chances of a person becoming infected are reduced if they are not in direct contact with them. However, this does not mean that a person should not take steps to protect yourself.

Monkeypox is not about sex between men

Dr Arora said it is a contagious disease. Men having sex with other men has nothing to do with it. This infection is spread by contact. This means that women and children can also become infected. Only people who have had smallpox vaccines are unlikely to get the infection. All people born after 1980 who were not vaccinated against smallpox are more susceptible.

He was wrong to declare monkey pox as an STD

If the disease is declared a sexually transmitted disease (STD), Dr. Arora says, it will make young children off guard. It would be a mistake to declare this disease as an STD, because young children will think that they cannot be infected, which is far from the truth. Children play together, collide with each other and even fight with each other. All this happens in close contact. They can fall victim to the infection of an infected person.

symptoms of monkey pox

Symptoms include a rash with blisters on the face, arms, legs, body, eyes, mouth or genitals, fever, swollen lymph nodes, headache, muscle and back pain, as well as feeling weak.

How does it spread?

1. Skin-to-skin contact

2. Face to face contact

3. Mouth-to-skin contact

4. touching bedding, towels, clothes or infected objects

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