SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. – Seminole County Medical Director Dr. Todd Husty explained on Monday what most of us ask: What are monkey cups?
It comes after South Florida health officials reported one presumption case in Broward County Sunday, adding that the case is related to international travel and the patient is in isolation.
“Monkey pox is not a respiratory virus. It is a virus that you get by close contact with other people,” Husty said.
Health officials said monkey pox is an infection transmitted between animals and humans, and most cases have been reported in Central and West Africa.
“It has been in Africa for a while, but two things are happening. One is that we are much more mobile than we used to be. People will go from Africa, to Europe, to the United States and around. “That’s why it’s a lot easier to spread infectious disease than it used to be, and it’s easier,” Husty said.
Symptoms to be aware of include fever, headache, muscle and back pain, swollen lymph nodes, chills and fatigue.
However, health authorities stress that monkey pox does not spread as easily as COVID-19 and is rarely fatal.
“This is nothing like COVID, because COVID is spread (through the air), and this is spread by close contact. To touch people, to touch their body fluids, that kind. Remember with COVID that we were concerned about exponential growth. This thing will not have exponential growth, “Husty said.
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