Monkey pox puts world on alert; see symptoms and care

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Outbreaks of monkeypox have been reported in several countries, including Brazil. This Thursday (4), the United States declared a public health emergency due to the disease.

On July 23, the World Health Organization (WHO) defined the outbreak as a public health emergency of international concern.

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To talk about it, the CNN Our World this Saturday (6th) welcomes Esper Kallás, infectious disease physician, researcher and professor at the department of infectious and parasitic diseases at the USP School of Medicine.

“For decades, this disease has been neglected when it should have been studied further,” says Kallás. “We can list several diseases that have been occurring in underdeveloped places for decades and no one cares. But when the disease knocks on the door of a developed country, everything changes. We need to review this,” he adds.

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The main symptom of monkeypox, also called monkeypox, is the appearance of blisters or lesions, which can manifest in different parts of the body, but mainly on the extremities or genitals.

Signs and symptoms can last between two and four weeks and, in most cases, the disease does not require hospitalization. Isolation reduces the risk of transmitting the virus.

However, it is recommended that you seek medical attention if you experience a sudden high fever, headache, and enlarged lymph nodes.

“Monkeypox is mainly transmitted by direct account from person to person. What we have seen so far, skin-to-skin or mucosal contact is enough, where there is an injury, for transmission to occur”, highlights the professor.

To learn more about it, watch this Saturday’s program (6) on channel 577 and on YouTube CNN Brazil .

O CNN Our World is shown on Saturdays from 11:45 pm.

(published by Tiago Tortella, from CNN )

Source: CNN Brasil

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