Hello everyone, in today’s article, we will investigate how the monkeypox virus, which has been heard frequently recently, affects children. While doing this, we will try to explain what monkeypox is, its most common symptoms, where it got its name, and how it spreads.
The monkeypox virus, which emerged in different places after the effects of a long Covid-19 virus, made everyone nervous. While this virus was seen in the African continent, it was seen in different regions in different forms. Monkeypox virus is usually seen in rodents and wild animals, spreading from animal to human and human to human transmission.
So what is the monkeypox virus? Monkeypox virus is a virus caused by the Monkeypox virus belonging to the virus family, Poxviridae and the genus Orthopoxvirus. Although the name of the virus is known as monkeypox, the original origin of the virus is rodents. Monkey pox was named after smallpox-like symptoms in monkeys to be used for a study in the 1950s. It was first seen in humans in the 1970s. Cases that are seen sporadically in tropical rainforests have been seen in various places with transferring animals here to other places. Especially after Covid-19, this virus in some places has increased research.
What are the symptoms of monkeypox virus? First, after a certain contact, there is an incubation period in this disease, as in any disease. This period is between 4 and 22 days on average. The most common symptom duration is between 5 and 14 days. The most common symptoms are:
2) Fatigue and weakness
3) Muscle aches
4) Small bubbles that appear as blisters on the skin
So how does the monkeypox virus affect children? Monkeypox limits itself after the 2nd week and reduces its effect. Although the disease is more common among adults, it is much more intense in children. Especially in children with chronic diseases and weak immune systems, the disease manifests itself more intensely. Therefore, as soon as the above symptoms appear, a doctor should be consulted urgently.