Expert shares tips on how to prevent monkeypox spread


What is monkeypox?

The monkeypox virus is the rare disease known as monkeypox. The monkeypox virus often affects nonhuman primates like monkeys or rodents like rats or mice. However, it can happen to people.
Typically, monkeypox affects Central and West Africa. Cases outside of Africa typically result from:
  • travel internationally
  • imported creatures
close touch with a monkey or someone else who has the disease
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) keep track of instances that have been documented in nations like the United States, where monkeypox is uncommon. The CDC is keeping track of several cases of monkeypox in countries all around the world, including Europe and the United States, during the 2022 monkeypox outbreak.

If you are living with or taking care of someone who has monkeypox, how may you reduce your chance of contracting the disease?

Dr. Christopher John Tibayan, an infectious disease specialist, discussed how to stop monkeypox from spreading within your house in a webinar titled “Monkeypox: Emerging Health Crisis.”
Do not wash the garments of people who have monkeypox with those of other family members, advised Dr. Tibayan.
“Use gloves and handle with caution. Dr. Tibayan warned, “Don’t shake the clothes or the virus will spread.
Technically, he advised, “separate the washing,” noting that the virus could be destroyed by the detergent.
Dr. Tibayan stated that it is preferable to “avoid sweeping and using the vacuum cleaner” on regularly touched surfaces.
When cleaning [surfaces, floors], use a virucidal product that has been approved, he continued.
People who have monkeypox are advised to remain in isolation at home or in another area for the length of their disease, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (US-CDC). However, not every circumstance might allow for that.
It was stated that putting isolation and infection management techniques first aids in preventing transmission while balancing the effects of this infection on those who have been diagnosed with monkeypox on a daily basis. According to the US-CDC, these factors could alter when additional data from the monkeypox outbreak in 2022 is gathered.

Bathroom usage

If additional people reside in the same home, the CDC advises those with monkeypox to use a different bathroom.
If this is not possible, the patient should use an EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) registered disinfectant to clean and sanitize bathroom counters, toilet seats, and faucets after using the facilities. Cleaning up after actions like showering, visiting the restroom, or changing bandages to conceal the rash are examples of this. If the rash is on the hands, think about cleaning with disposable gloves.

Until the infection has cleared, those who have the monkey pox should adhere to following recommendations:


  • Avoid interacting with friends and family who have monkeypox.
    Stay away from pets in the house and other animals up close.
  • Don’t have any sexual relations.
  • Shareware, including bed linens, clothing, towels, washcloths, drinking glasses, and eating utensils are all examples of goods that could be contaminated.
  • Use an EPA-registered disinfectant as directed by the manufacturer to routinely clean and disinfect frequently touched items and surfaces, such as counters or light switches. When interacting closely with people at home, wear a source control that fits properly (such as a medical mask).
  • To avoid unintentionally infecting your eyes, avoid wearing contact lenses.
  • Avoid shaving body parts that have rashes because this can cause the rash to spread.


YOUTUBE VIDEO: 7 ways to avoid contracting Monkeypox

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