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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 one of the most recent viruses to infect the general public. Monkeypox has been around since 1958 when the first outbreaks occurred in two colonies. While this particular virus is not new, it has yet to be sourced to a specific origin.


How is Monkeypox Spread?

This virus spreads through direct physical contact with infected individuals. Respiratory secretions also are a danger when it comes to the spread of Monkeypox.


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

According to the CDC, there are no current treatments for Monkeypox. Specialists are now using medications used to treat Smallpox for the recent rise in Monkeypox. The current Smallpox medications are:

  • Tecovirimat (TPOXX)

  • Vaccinia Immune Globulin Intravenous (VIGIV)

  • Cidofovir (Vistide)

  • Brincidofovir (CMX001/Tembexa)



Who Can Get the Vaccine?

While there are vaccinations available for Monkeypox, they are only used for patients who have either been exposed or are at high risk for catching or transmitting the virus. 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 three steps to help prevent Monkeypox:

  • Avoid close contact with people with a rash that looks like Monkeypox.

  • Avoid contact with items that a person with Monkeypox has used.

  • Wash your hands often.


With each new Monkeypox update, you can count on us at Summers Pharmacy to keep you informed.


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