What are the symptoms of Monkeypox, and how to avoid its spreading

ORANJESTAD – The Department of Public Health is sharing information about Monkeypox, the symptoms, and how to avoid its spreading.

Those exposed to Monkeypox can develop symptoms between 5 to 21 days after being in contact with an infected person. 

MonkeypoxOnce infected, the individual can start showing flu-like symptoms, like fever, head-  and body ache, tiredness, and swollen glands.

After 1 to 3 days after the fever, the individual develops the typical rash that develops into blisters filled with pus.

This rash may appear anywhere on the body, but primarily on the face. It can expand to other parts, including hands and under the foot, near the genital area or anus.

These blisters can be painful and itch immensely. Some develop only one or two blisters, while others develop many. These blisters are contagious until the scabs fall off. The infection can last a few weeks, hence infected persons should remain in isolation to protect others.

Some persons experience all symptoms, while some experience only a few.

You can prevent Monkeypox. Avoid direct or intimate contact with a person infected with Monkeypox. Direct contact includes hugging, kissing, cuddling, sex, and touching of blisters of infected persons.

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