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The Spread of Monkeypox is On the Rise

What is Monkeypox?

Monkeypox is a disease on the rise caused by the Monkeypox virus, which is related to Smallpox. First discovered in 1958, Monkeypox had its first outbreaks that occurred in two colonies. Still, experts are unsure as to the origin of this virus.

How is Monkeypox Spread?

Monkeypox exposure can occur through close direct physical contact as well as coming in contact with respiratory secretions.

Symptoms of Monkeypox

  • Headache

  • Fever

  • Chills

  • Fatigue

  • Sore throat

  • Nasal congestion

  • Cough

  • Pimple or blister-like lesions that may be on the genitals, anus, feet, hands, chest, face

Monkeypox Treatments

The CDC does not currently have any treatment plans for Monkeypox. Patients affected by the virus have been treated with medications previously used to treat Smallpox. The current medication used for Smallpox are:

  • Tecovirimat (TPOXX)

  • Vaccinia Immune Globulin Intravenous (VIGIV)

  • Cidofovir (Vistide)

  • Brincidofovir (CMX001/Tembexa)

Who Can Get the Vaccine?

Monkeypox vaccines are currently reserved for people exposed to Monkeypox and those that are more likely to contract Monkeypox. JYNNEOS is the vaccine the FDA approved for emergency use for patients 18 years and older. JYNNEOS is administered to the patient 28 days apart as a two-dose vaccine.

Preventing Monkeypox

The CDC recommends three important steps to slow the spread of the Monkeypox virus:

  • Avoid close contact with people with rashes similar to Monkeypox.

  • Avoid touching items handled by people who have contracted Monkeypox.

  • Regularly wash your hands throughout the day.

As we learn more about Monkeypox, you can rely on Texas Rxsolutions and Compounding Pharmacy to keep you informed on vaccinations, preventive measures, and the latest research on the virus.

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