The Monkeypox virus has been confirmed in one individual in Bahrain who recently just flew in from abroad, making it the first Monkeypox case in Bahrain. So to help prevent the Monkeypox virus from spreading, here’s what you need to know and some precautionary measures you can follow to protect yourself and others around you!
What are the symptoms of monkeypox?
Monkeypox symptoms may start 5 to 21 days after you’re exposed.
Monkeypox symptoms last 2 to 4 weeks and may include:
- Skin rash
- Muscle aches and backaches
- Swollen lymph nodes
How does the monkeypox virus spread?
- Direct contact with rashes, scabs, or body fluids of a person with monkeypox.
- Extended close contact (more than four hours) with respiratory droplets from an infected person.
- Clothes, sheets, blankets, or other materials that have been in contact with rashes or body fluids of an infected person or animal.
What are the preventive measures?
- Avoid contact with animals that could harbor the virus (including animals that are sick or that have been found dead in areas where monkeypox occurs).
- Avoid contact with any materials, such as bedding, that have been in contact with a sick animal.
- Isolate infected patients from others who could be at risk for infection.
- Practice good hand hygiene after contact with infected animals or humans. For example, washing your hands with soap and water or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Use personal protective equipment (PPE) when caring for patients.
- Cook meals that include animal products well
- Don’t share personal items with one another like towels
What is the treatment for monkeypox?
- Treatment for most infected people is aimed at relieving symptoms Care may include drinking enough liquids and pain management
- Isolate yourself at home until the rash and scabs on your skin heal and you feel better
- In most cases, the symptoms of monkeypox go away on their own within a few weeks