Stating that the monkeypox virus, which has been talked about a lot recently, is a viral disease, Infection Specialist Dr. Songül Özer said that the incubation period of the disease varies between 6 -7 days and 14 days. Noting that the disease lasts an average of three weeks, Dr. Songül Özer, stating that widespread skin rashes occur, "In the first 5-6 days, symptoms such as widespread muscle pain, severe headache and abdominal pain are seen in the person." warned.
Üsküdar University NPİSTANBUL Brain Hospital Infection Specialist Dr. Songül Özer made an assessment about the monkeypox virus, which has been talked about a lot lately.
It was a disease found only in Central and West Africa.
Dr. Songül Özer said, “It is a disease known as Monkey Pops in medicine and translated into Turkish as monkey pox. Monkeypox is not a new disease, it is a viral disease that was first seen in monkeys around 1958-1959. The reason we do not know is that it is a disease that only occurs in Central and West Africa.
Monkey pox is a viral disease
Noting that this disease, which attracted the attention of the World Health Organization, was announced on 20 May 2022, Dr. Songül Özer said, “Monkey pox is a viral disease. But like the coronavirus, it is a disease with DNA, not RNA. The importance of this is that viruses with DNA mutate less.” said.
Widespread rashes appear on the body
Stating that the symptoms of monkeypox are different from chickenpox and smallpox, Dr. Songül Özer said, “The reason why this disease is called monkeypox is because the disease causes widespread rashes in the body, and because the skin lesions resemble pox, it is called monkeypox virus.” said.
Widespread muscle aches and severe headache
Referring to the symptoms of the monkeypox virus, Dr. Songül Özer said, “It is known that it can be transmitted from animals to humans, as well as from human to human. The incubation period ranges from 6 -7 days to 14 days. The disease lasts an average of three weeks. In the first 5-6 days, symptoms such as widespread muscle pain, severe headache and abdominal pain are seen. warned.
Dr. Songül Özer noted that the monkeypox virus, unlike chickenpox and smallpox, enlarges in the lymph nodes and says, “After the 5th and 6th days, spills occur in the body, mostly on the face, legs and arms. When the symptoms begin, the person must go into isolation for an average of 15-21 days. said.
It can be transmitted through the mouth and nose
Giving information about the transmission routes of the monkeypox virus, Dr. Songül Özer said, “It causes lesions in the body and the skin, and the fluids in these lesions contain viruses. It is known that this fluid in the skin of the patients can infect another person. It can also be transmitted through the mouth and nose. Transmission may occur through spread to the lungs.” said.
Difficult to inhale
Dr. Songül Özer stated that it is also difficult for the disease to spread in masses through the respiratory tract. It should not be forgotten that we have to maintain a distance of 1-1,5 meters and the rate of spread of this disease at close range has increased.” said.
Noting that most of the cases so far are known to be gay, Dr. Songül Özer said, “After this information, scientists started to investigate the question of whether it is transmitted through sexuality as well as contact. Since there is close contact in sexual contact, it can also be transmitted in this way," he said.
Smallpox vaccine protects
Noting that one of the differences between my monkeypox virus and coronovirus is the low probability of an asymptomatic infection, he concluded his words as follows:
“There is no drug treatment for this disease. Smallpox came to an end in 1980 all over the world… For this reason, smallpox vaccination was used until this year, but after 1980, smallpox vaccination was discontinued. People born after 1980 do not have a smallpox vaccine. Scientists say that people who get smallpox vaccine are 80-85% protected against monkeypox. People under the age of 12 and over the age of 65, pregnant and those with a low immune system should be much more careful against this virus.