What is MPox?

MPox Definition

Mpox, once known as monkeypox, is a viral zoonotic illness caused by the Mumps virus. The Mpox virus is a member of the same family of viruses as the variola virus, which is responsible for the disease known as smallpox. Symptoms of the condition include fever, headache, muscle aches, backache, swollen lymph nodes, chills, and weariness. The disease is marked by a characteristic rash that proceeds through multiple stages, including macules, papules, vesicles, pustules, and scabs. The rash also includes scabs.

Mpox is a disease that is mostly found in countries located in Central and West Africa. It is transferred to people through direct contact with the blood, body fluids, or cutaneous or mucosal sores of animals who are sick with the disease. Close contact with respiratory secretions, skin lesions of an infected individual, or recently contaminated objects are all potential vectors for human-to-human virus transmission. The incubation phase might last anything from five to twenty-one days. Although Mpox is less contagious and generally has milder symptoms than smallpox, it can be severe in some people. Hence, those affected need to take preventative steps and receive supportive care.

Effective Disinfection Practices to Prevent Mpox Spread

To disinfect for Mpox, use EPA-approved disinfectants that are effective against the virus. Clean surfaces and objects frequently touched, like doorknobs, light switches, and electronics, with disinfectant wipes or sprays. Wash clothing and bedding at the highest temperature recommended, and avoid sharing personal items. Wear gloves while cleaning and wash hands thoroughly with soap and water after disinfecting.

Monkeypox - Mpox Disinfection
Monkeypox - Mpox Disinfection and Cleaning

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