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The Spread of Monkeypox is On the Rise

Monkeypox Virus
September 01, 2022

What is Monkeypox?

Monkeypox is part of the family of viruses that cause Smallpox. Monkeypox has been around since 1958 when the first outbreaks occurred in two colonies. However, scientists are unsure of the disease's source.

How is Monkeypox Spread?

Monkeypox is spread via close direct physical contact as well as coming in contact with respiratory secretions.

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

According to the CDC, there are no current treatment plans for Monkeypox. Severely affected patients have been treated with medications previously used for Smallpox cases. Currently, doctors are using the following Smallpox medications to treat Monkeypox:

  • Tecovirimat (TPOXX)
  • Vaccinia Immune Globulin Intravenous (VIGIV)
  • Cidofovir (Vistide)
  • Brincidofovir (CMX001/Tembexa)

Who Can Get the Vaccine?

Monkeypox vaccines are reserved for people who have been exposed to Monkeypox and people who are more likely to get Monkeypox. JYNNEOS is the vaccine approved by the FDA for emergency use in those 18 years and older. It is a two-dose vaccine administered to the patient 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.

As scientists and medical professionals learn more about the threat of Monkeypox, you can count on us at Riverside Village Pharmacy to provide crucial information about the virus.