(CTN News) – There is no doubt that monkeypox, a new form of viral disease, has caused tensions across the globe. While the disease was present on the African continent in the 20th century, many scientists and doctors are still unable to explain it.
Monkeypox symptoms and their consequences are revealed in a new study.
Some of the symptoms of Monkeypox are uncannily similar to those of Chickenpox. According to the Karnataka Health Minister, an Ethiopian citizen who was suspected of having monkeypox at the Bengaluru airport has been diagnosed with chickenpox instead.
Some cases of suspected monkeypox recently turned out to be chickenpox.
Last week, a suspected case of Monkeypox with fever and lesions was admitted to the LNJP Hospital in Delhi, tested negative for the infection, but was diagnosed with Chickenpox.
As a result of dampness, rising temperatures, waterlogging, formation of moisture, and wet clothes, people are more prone to chickenpox during the rainy season.
Consequently, doctors and experts have identified key differences between Monkeypox and Chickenpox symptoms.
MONKEYPOX vs CHICKENPOX
Virus monkeypox is a zoonotic virus that causes symptoms similar to smallpox, although less severe clinically than smallpox.
According to doctors, monkeypox usually begins with fever, malaise, headaches, sore throats, coughs, and lymphadenopathy (swollen lymph nodes).
Symptoms such as these appear four days before skin lesions, rashes, and other problems, which usually begin in the hands and eyes and spread throughout the body.
There are other symptoms of monkeypox besides skin involvement, but it is always better to consult a physician to clarify any doubts.
If someone had Chickenpox, can they also get infected from Monkeypox?
Doctors have also been asked whether previous Chickenpox infection makes a patient immune to Monkeypox, and the answer is emphatically no.
According to Dr Rajinder Kumar Singal, Senior Director & Head of Department, Internal Medicine, BLK Max Hospital, New Delhi, both are caused by different viruses, they are transmitted differently, and the previous infection does not protect against the new one.
According to him, those who have received the smallpox vaccination are less likely to contract monkeypox.
The World Health Organization, however, declared the smallpox disease eradicable around 1979-80, which led to the discontinuation of the smallpox vaccine.
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