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The Spread of Monkeypox is On the Rise

What is Monkeypox?

Similar to Smallpox, Monkeypox is on the rise. This virus had existed since 1958, when the first outbreaks occurred in two colonies. Even though Monkeypox is not a new occurrence, its origins are still unknown to medical experts and scientists.

How is Monkeypox Spread?

Monkeypox is a threat after physical contact and contact with respiratory secretions, such as coughs or sneezes.

Symptoms of Monkeypox

  • Headache

  • Fever

  • Chills

  • Fatigue

  • Sore throat

  • Nasal congestion

  • Cough

  • Pimple or blister-like lesions that may be on the genitals, anus, feet, hands, chest, face

Monkeypox Treatments

The CDC claims no current treatment options are available for the Monkeypox virus. To prevent the spread of Monkeypox, medical professionals have used medications for Smallpox to treat patients with severe symptoms. The current Smallpox medications are:

  • Tecovirimat (TPOXX)

  • Vaccinia Immune Globulin Intravenous (VIGIV)

  • Cidofovir (Vistide)

  • Brincidofovir (CMX001/Tembexa)

Who Can Get the Vaccine?

Monkeypox vaccines are currently limited, reserved for exposed patients and those susceptible to contracting Monkeypox. JYNNEOS is the vaccine approved by the FDA for emergency use in those 18 years and older. It is a two-dose vaccine administered to the patient 28 days apart.

Preventing Monkeypox

There are currently three recommended solutions to keep the public safe from the virus, according to the CDC:

  • Avoid close contact with people with a rash that looks like Monkeypox.

  • Avoid contact with items that a person with Monkeypox has used.

  • Wash your hands often.

Once the CDC releases more information about Monkeypox, customers can expect more tips and recommendations from Savco Pharmacy.

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