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Ghana: What you need to know about monkeypox disease

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What is monkeypox?

Monkeypox is a zoonotic disease caused by the Monkeypox virus

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How can someone get Monkey Pox?

The Monkeypox virus can be spread from animals to lumans by:

  1. Coming into contact with blood, body fluids and lesions of infected animals (squirrels, rats, monkeys and others)
  2. Consuming poorly cooked meat and animal products of infected animals.
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It can also spread from human to human through:

  1. Droplets from coughing, sneezing etc
  2. Contact with blood, body fluids and rash of infected individuals
  3. Contact with contaminated clothing and linens of infected individuals.

Read More: Monkeypox Symptoms and Prevention measures by Ghana Health Service

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How long will it take from the time of contact with an infected person or animal for one to start showing symptoms?

It can take between 5 to 21 days from the time of contact with an infected person or animal to when one starts showing symptoms.

Source: Ghana Health Service

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