How can I avoid getting monkeypox?

The first case of monkey pox It was confirmed in Mexico this weekend in a 50-year-old, New York City resident, who likely tested positive in the Netherlands, but is being treated in Mexico City (CDMX).

As a result, the Ministry of Health (SSA) of our country has issued a series of recommendations in order to avoid an outbreak virus which can extend to citizens of both the city and other states.

According to health authorities, the main mode of infection with which monkeypox spreads is through direct person-to-person contact with infected objects, broken skin or fluids.

However, the Undersecretary of the Ministry of Health, Hugo Lopez Gatell, indicated that the virus does not spread through air, water or food, and stressed that the efficiency of infection is low, so there are generally isolated cases or minor outbreaks.

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What are the symptoms of monkeypox disease?

This disease develops within the first five days of exposure and disappears spontaneously between two and four weeks after the onset of symptoms.

The first stage is characterized by fever, Headache Severe pain, lower back and muscles, as well as swollen glands and severe fatigue.

In the second stage, small blisters appear that generally start on the face and later spread to the rest of the body.

Diagnosis is made by polymerase chain reaction (PCR), in samples of skin lesions.

How do you avoid infection?

The Ministry of Health indicated that to avoid infection with smallpox It is important to wash your hands frequently with soap and water or use an alcohol-based gel.

Because the primary means of infection is physical contact with an infected person, the agency has recommended that those in contact with a sick person use a medical mask. Especially if you are coughing or have sores in your mouth, wash the patient’s clothes, towels, eating utensils, and sheets with warm water and detergent.

In addition, he also advised to clean and disinfect the spaces where the sick person was found and to avoid close contact, especially with injuries, using gloves.

Remember that if symptoms appear, the most important thing is to seek medical attention and not get close to other people.

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