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The Spread of Monkeypox is On the Rise

What is Monkeypox?

Monkeypox is a disease caused by the Monkeypox virus. It is part of the family of viruses that cause Smallpox. Monkeypox is not a new virus, having been discovered in 1958 when the first outbreaks occurred in two colonies. To this day, scientists are still unsure of the origin of Monkeypox.

How is Monkeypox Spread?

Monkeypox can be contracted through close physical contact and contact with respiratory secretions from those who have Monkeypox.

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

The CDC has revealed that there are no current treatment plans for Monkeypox. Severely affected patients have been treated with medications previously used to treat Smallpox. The current Smallpox medications are:

  • Tecovirimat (TPOXX)

  • Vaccinia Immune Globulin Intravenous (VIGIV)

  • Cidofovir (Vistide)

  • Brincidofovir (CMX001/Tembexa)

Who Can Get the Vaccine?

Recently, vaccinations for Monkeypox have been provided for only the most high-risk patients or those directly exposed to the virus. JYNNEOS is the FDA-approved vaccine for emergency use for adult patients 18 and older. It is a two-dose vaccine administered to the patient 28 days apart.

Preventing Monkeypox

The CDC recommends the following steps to decrease your likelihood of contracting Monkeypox:

  • Avoid close contact with rashes that have a similar appearance to Monkeypox.

  • Avoid contact with any items that someone with Monkeypox has handled.

  • Wash your hands as thoroughly and regularly as possible.

As we increase our knowledge of Monkeypox, you can count on us at Kines Family Pharmacy for the most reliable resources.

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