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The Spread of Monkeypox is On the Rise

What is Monkeypox?

As a part of the family of viruses that cause Smallpox, Monkeypox is the latest illness to threaten the general public. Monkeypox has been around since 1958 when the first outbreaks occurred in two colonies. However, scientists are unsure of the disease's source.

How is Monkeypox Spread?

To contract Monkeypox, you need to come in close direct physical contact with a carrier of the disease or through contact with respiratory secretions.

Symptoms of Monkeypox

  • Headache

  • Fever

  • Chills

  • Fatigue

  • Sore throat

  • Nasal congestion

  • Cough

  • Pimple or blister-like lesions that may be on the genitals, anus, feet, hands, chest, face

Monkeypox Treatments

As of now, there are no current treatment plans for Monkeypox, according to the latest CDC updates. Severely affected patients have been treated with medications previously used to treat Smallpox. The current Smallpox medications are:

  • Tecovirimat (TPOXX)

  • Vaccinia Immune Globulin Intravenous (VIGIV)

  • Cidofovir (Vistide)

  • Brincidofovir (CMX001/Tembexa)

Who Can Get the Vaccine?

Monkeypox vaccines are strictly reserved for those who have been exposed or are at high risk for Monkeypox. JYNNEOS is the vaccine approved by the FDA for emergency use in those 18 years and older. It is a two-dose vaccine administered to the patient 28 days apart.

Preventing Monkeypox

The CDC recommends:

  • Avoiding physical contact with people with a rash resembling that of Monkeypox

  • Avoiding the use of any objects someone with Monkeypox has used

  • Wash your hands as often as possible during your day

As more updates become available, you can count on us at TLC Medical Arts Pharmacy to keep you informed.

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