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Monkeypox cases reported in Europe, here’s all you need to know about the virus

Rare monkeypox outbreak has been reported in Europe and is spreading to other countries, a look at what is it and should you be worried?

May 20, 2022 / 12:52 PM IST
Monkeypox is a rare disease similar to smallpox caused by the monkeypox virus. It primarily occurs in tropical rainforest areas of Central and West Africa and is occasionally exported to other regions. (Image: News18 Creative)
Monkeypox is a rare disease similar to smallpox caused by the monkeypox virus. It primarily occurs in tropical rainforest areas of Central and West Africa and is occasionally exported in other regions. (Image: News18 Creative)
Over the years, it occurred in some other countries outside Africa, including US, Israel, Singapore, and UK; cases were linked to international travel or imported animals. (Image: News18 Creative)
Over the years, it occurred in some other countries outside Africa, including the US, Israel, Singapore, and the UK. These cases were linked to international travel or imported animals. (Image: News18 Creative)
In humans, the symptoms of monkeypox are similar to but milder than the symptoms of smallpox. (Image: News18 Creative)
In humans, the symptoms of monkeypox are similar to but milder than those of smallpox. (Image: News18 Creative)
Skin eruption (rash) usually begins within 1-3 days of appearance of fever. It affects the face, and palms of the hands and soles of the feet. (Image: News18 Creative)
Skin eruption (rash) usually begins within one-three days of the appearance of fever. It affects the face, palms of the hands and soles of the feet. (Image: News18 Creative)
The cases are small in number but researchers are still trying to figure out the source of infection. Typically, people catch monkeypox from animals in Africa. Human-to-human transmission is heard of but not common. (Image: News18 Creative)
The cases are small in number but researchers are still trying to figure out the source of infection. Typically, people catch monkeypox from animals in Africa. Human-to-human transmission is heard of but not common. (Image: News18 Creative)
One can prevent themselves from moneypox infection by avoiding unprotected contact with wild animals, especially those sick or dead, including their meat, blood and other parts. (Image: News18 Creative)
One can protect themselves from the moneypox infection by avoiding unprotected contact with wild animals, especially those sick or dead, including their meat, blood and other parts. (Image: News18 Creative)
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first published: May 20, 2022 12:52 pm
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