Monkeypox is not a new disease, the World Health Organization said Wednesday.
The global health body further stated that condoms do not prevent the virus. It called for vigilance as the virus is currently spreading to continents that hitherto had no history of Monkeypox.
According to an update by WHO, “The virus was first found in a monkey in 1958.
“However, monkeypox is currently spreading in locations where it has not been reported before. Be aware and take the necessary precautions to avoid transmission.”
WHO listed the symptoms as rash with blisters, fever, swollen lymph nodes, body aches and headaches as well as fatigue.
It listed ways of avoiding the infection to include avoiding close contacts with symptomatic people, cleaning of hands and wearing a mask when handling ‘potentially’ infected objects.
WHO adds that ‘condoms won’t prevent monkeypox but protect against other sexually transmitted infections’.
It advised people with symptoms to ‘isolate at home and contact a health worker’, adding that ‘most people who have monkeypox recover from the disease’.