Hello everyone, in today’s article, we will talk about the differences between the monkeypox virus and the smallpox virus, which has been heard frequently recently. 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 what are the ways to prevent monkeypox disease? The appearance of monkeypox is like smallpox, but smallpox was more contagious and more often fatal, as about 35% of patients died. The last case of naturally gained smallpox occurred in 1978 and was wiped out around the world in the 1980s after a global vaccination movement of smallpox. It has been over 45 years since all countries abandoned routine smallpox vaccination with vaccine-based vaccines. In West and Central Africa, unvaccinated populations are now more resistant to monkeypox virus as the vaccine also protects against monkeypox.