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The Spread of Monkeypox is On the Rise

Updated: Oct 5

What is Monkeypox?

Monkeypox is a disease caused by the Monkeypox virus. It is part of the family of viruses that cause Smallpox. Monkeypox has been around since 1958 when the first outbreaks occurred in two colonies. To this day, scientists are still unsure about the disease's source.

How is Monkeypox Spread?

Monkeypox is spread through close direct physical contact and contact with respiratory secretions from an infected individual.

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

At this stage, there aren’t any treatments for Monkeypox, based on CDC statements. For those undergoing severe symptoms, doctors have used Smallpox medication to try and treat these symptoms. The current Smallpox medications used are:

  • Tecovirimat (TPOXX)

  • Vaccinia Immune Globulin Intravenous (VIGIV)

  • Cidofovir (Vistide)

  • Brincidofovir (CMX001/Tembexa)

Who Can Get the Vaccine?

Monkeypox vaccines are currently reserved for people who have been exposed to Monkeypox and people who are more likely to get Monkeypox. JYNNEOS is the only vaccine the FDA approved for emergency use in adult patients. JYNNEOS is a two-dose vaccine that is administered strictly 28 days apart.

Preventing Monkeypox

The CDC recommends three steps to help prevent Monkeypox:

  • 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 new updates about the Monkeypox virus are available, you can count on us at Jeffreys Drugstore to keep you informed.

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