Monkeypox: The start of another pandemic?

Monkeypox: The start of another pandemic?

What is monkeypox and do we need to worry?

Disease like Monkeypox will become a pandemic if it's not stopped or reported.
Disease like Monkeypox will become a pandemic if it's not stopped or reported. Image: Unsplash

The disease known as monkeypox has garnered a lot of attention of late. 

On Saturday, it was reported that there were 92 confirmed cases and 28 suspected cases of monkeypox in 12 countries that are not endemic for the virus. 

Read more: France, Germany, Belgium report first monkeypox cases

North and Central Africa appear to be the hardest hit areas.

Sick woman
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Monkeypox is a disease that can be infectious. It belongs to the smallpox family, as they are both similar. However, monkeypox symptoms are milder. 

The recovery rate is usually between two to four weeks, should you not need to be hospitalised. 

The disease is spread by close contact, so it can be relatively easy to contain through measures such as self-isolation and good hygiene. 

Read more: Monkeypox: a rare disease with low fatality rates

The reason for the latest scare is because Britain has seen their number of daily infections rise. 

Read more: Rare monkeypox outbreaks detected in North America, Europe

There is no connection between the recent spike in infections and those travelling from the West Africa region. 

However, a chunk of the press have made a point of using images of black people to portray the articles surrounding monkeypox.  

African publications have slammed media outlets who continue to do this. 

While there is absolutely no need to panic at this stage, it is vitally important that we continue to practice good hygiene. Remember, COVID-19 is still around, so you should be doing this anyway.

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