Monkeypox is a new virus that is spreading very fast among humans. The outbreak of the virus was confirmed in May 2022, beginning with a cluster of cases found in the United Kingdom. The first recognized case was confirmed on 6 May 2022 in an individual with travel links to Nigeria (where the disease is endemic). The virus has spread from region to region and has finally found its way into Ghana.
A few hours ago, the Ghana Health Service(GHS) confirmed the first five cases of people with monkeypox in the country. These five persons with the monkeypox were reported to be in three of the regions in the country. These regions are Western, Eastern, and Greater Accra.
Some of the symptoms that were found in these five persons are fever, swellings in the armpit and groins, headache, muscle aches, general body aches, rash, and blisters.
According to the GHS, monkeypox is a mild to moderate disease and has no treatment at the moment. People with monkeypox are however treated based on the symptoms there are showing. For instance, anyone showing symptoms of headaches or muscle aches will be provided with pain killers to suppress the pain.
Since there is currently no treatment for the monkeypox virus, there are many practices one can do to avoid catching it.
1. Isolate yourself from infected patients to avoid catching the virus.
2. Avoid direct contact with any materials, such as bedding or laundry, that have been in contact with a sick animal or patient whenever you visit the hospital.
3. Always practice good hand hygiene after contact with infected animals or humans. For example, washing your hands thoroughly with soap and water or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
4. Last but not least, use appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) when caring for patients with monkeypox disease. Some of the PPEs includes nose masks, overalls, gloves, respirator, and eye protector.
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