Monkey Pox: Experts Dispel Myths and Rumors

Slowly however steadily, instances of monkeypox (Monkey Pox) is growing week by week within the Federal District. Since the final epidemiological report revealed by the Department of Health (SES) final Thursday (15), there have already been ten new instances in the beginning of this week.

A complete of 241 instances had been confirmed by laboratory assessments; There are one other 14 potential instances which might be being monitored by the SES.

O Brazil actual Bergman spoke to Morais Ribeiro, Professor of the Department of Cell Biology on the Institute of Biological Sciences on the University of Brasilia (UnB). He explains how the virus that causes the illness is unfold, what causes its signs and dispels the myths and rumors which might be circulating round.

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Ribeiro says that the Monkey Pox First recognized in 1958 in a monkey colony in Denmark. The first human case was identified in 1970 within the former Zaire, now the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

“It is an endemic illness in that area and once in a while individuals who left Africa and went to Europe and America had been contaminated with the virus. Recently it started to unfold world wide”, explains Ribeiro.

Experts add that the Monkey Pox It is a zoonosis – “the switch of the virus from animals to people, and people may transmit it to different folks and animals”, he provides.

an infection

Infection happens by way of extended, private contact with an contaminated individual. “The illness causes lesions on the pores and skin that include viruses. If you’ve gotten very shut and extended contact with this individual, additionally, you will be contaminated with the virus”, explains Ribeiro.

In addition to pores and skin lesions, which may additionally seem within the genital areas, the illness causes fever, headache, muscle and again ache, fatigue and exhaustion, and sore throat.


Researchers debunk a fable in regards to the want for social isolation to stop an infection. Although the principle mode of transmission of Monkey Pox As with Covid-19, apart from airborne, for instance, an contaminated individual ought to keep away from contact with different folks. “vesicles on the pores and skin [feridas] Lasts as much as three weeks. During this era, the contaminated individual can transmit the virus, so he/she must be remoted”, he explains.

Another rumor is in regards to the transmission. In the newest SES epidemiological report, out of 255 instances, 246 had been male and solely 9 had been feminine. Data like these lead folks to mistakenly consider that transmission happens solely with different males, particularly males who’ve intercourse.

Ribeiro has claimed that this info is fake. “It’s not simply sexual contact, however skin-to-skin contact, so you possibly can catch the illness by way of private contact like handshakes, hugs. The virus may survive within the setting. So, if the individual is injured and shares the mattress, tub towel and different gadgets, all of them will get contaminated.”

The dying fee of Monkey Pox is much less

According to the professor, the sort circulating in Brazil accounts for only one% of deaths in Africa, the place it’s endemic. “Monkeypox may be extra problematic for pregnant girls, kids, the aged and folks with immune protection issues. But, on the whole, it’s not a extra lethal illness than the coronavirus, for instance,” he concludes.

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Source: BdF Distrito Federal

Editing: Flavia Quirino


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