Monkeypox outbreak

Monkeypox outbreak

Recently the first death due to monkeypox has been recorded in Nigeria. However, the World Health Organization (WHO) has said that monkeypox will not turn into a global pandemic.

  • Monkeypox is a zoonotic disease. It is caused by a virus belonging to the orthopoxvirus genus.
  • The orthopoxvirus genus also includes the variola virus (which causes smallpox), vaccinia virus (used in the smallpox vaccine), and the cowpox virus.
  • It was first discovered in the year 1958. It is widely distributed near the tropical rainforests of Central and West Africa.
  • Transmission from animal to human can occur through direct contact with blood, bodily fluids, or cutaneous or mucosal wounds from infected animals.

Source – The Hindu

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