Q&A… Information you need to know about monkeypox

The Dubai Health Authority has issued a monkey pox education guide, aiming to clarify all information related to the disease, its patients, contacts and the possibility of preventing the disease.

In its guideline, the authority was eager to answer the most common questions about the disease and the procedures and protocols adopted in case of infection, and they came as follows:

Does quarantine mean I’m infected?

Quarantine is a precautionary measure, but it does not necessarily mean that you are infected with the virus, and it is a required measure to ensure that you do not become infected and to reduce the transmission of the virus to others in case of infection.

I had one of the symptoms during the home quarantine period, what is the next required step?

If you go to the nearest health center, before you leave the house for the appointment, you should follow the precautions and make sure you do not come into contact with others and make sure to wash or sterilize your hands regularly, and make sure that you are covered in clothing such as long sleeves, pants and gloves to prevent and reduce soiling.

If I had chickenpox when I was young, is there a chance of getting monkeypox?

There is a difference between the chickenpox virus and the monkeypox virus. Having chickenpox does not confer immunity against the monkeypox virus.

Is there any medication I can take to protect myself from getting sick?

There are no specific medicines or vitamins that you need to take to protect yourself from infection with the virus, it is recommended to follow prevention and safety measures in addition to a healthy lifestyle and diet and drinking enough water.

Does all monkey pox develop a rash? If so, will the rash disappear completely or will it leave marks?

The rash is one of the main symptoms of monkey pox, and the shape of the rash changes over the course of the disease until it shrinks and disappears, renewing the skin cells, which can leave marks on the skin.

A patient with suspected symptoms of disease, where can he go? Does he go to government health centers or hospitals? Or does it go to the emergency room, or a doctor’s service for every citizen?

Visit the nearest health center or hospital

What is the most vulnerable group for monkey pox in the community? What is the probability of contracting the disease from humans?

Health professionals, people in close contact with the patient and those in charge of his care, and the disease is transmitted “relatively” from person to person through close contact with respiratory secretions, skin lesions of an infected person or contaminated tools and surfaces .

How dangerous is the disease and its impact on a person’s health?

The risk of infection or disease outbreak is small, as close contact with the infected person or contaminated tool is required, and the disease is self-limiting with symptoms lasting 2 to 4 weeks, and supportive care and symptomatic treatment remain the primary focus. way to deal with the disease, health authorities in the UAE The United Arab Emirates are currently studying and evaluating the situation.

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