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Does the Monkeypox Virus Cause Flu-Like Symptoms?

  • Post published:September 12, 2022
  • Post category:Blog

As Monkeypox spreads across the country and globally, the following information can help you protect yourself and others. In the current outbreak, hospitalization and death from monkeypox are rare. The most common symptom is a rash or sores that may look like pimples or blisters. The rash and sores may be all over the body or on certain parts, including around and inside the genitals, anus, and mouth, and last for two to four weeks. The rash can be extremely itchy and painful and interfere with daily activities. Some people also have flu-like symptoms such as sore throat, fever, and fatigue.

While it’s not as contagious as COVID-19, it is still a public health concern. It’s important for the public to be aware of what’s going on so they can keep themselves and their families safe. But, to be clear, it’s a very different virus than COVID-19. This has different clinical manifestations, it is transmitted in different ways, and it is also prevented and treated in different ways. People with Monkeypox get a rash that may be located on or near the genitals (penis, testicles, labia, and vagina) or anus and could be on other areas like the hands, feet, chest, face, or mouth.

The Monkeypox rash will go through several stages, including scabs, before healing.

The rash can initially look like pimples or blisters and may be painful or itchy.

Other symptoms of monkeypox may include the following:

  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • Exhaustion
  • Muscle aches and backache
  • Headache
  • Respiratory symptoms (e.g. sore throat, nasal congestion, or cough)
  • You may experience all or only a few symptoms

It is important to note that sometimes, people have flu-like symptoms before the rash. Some people get a rash first, followed by other symptoms. Others only experience a rash.

How long do monkeypox symptoms last?

Monkeypox symptoms usually start within 3 weeks of exposure to the virus. If someone has flu-like symptoms, they will usually develop a rash 1-4 days later. Monkeypox can be spread from the time symptoms start until the rash has healed, all scabs have fallen off, and a fresh layer of skin has formed. The illness typically lasts a total of 2-4 weeks.

If you suspect you have Monkeypox, the CDC recommends that you:

  • Contact your healthcare provider immediately.
  • Isolate yourself at home and avoid public gatherings.
  • If you have an active rash or other symptoms, stay in a separate room or area away from people or pets that live with you, if possible.

** If you are experiencing any of these symptoms and suspect you may have been exposed to Monkeypox, please contact your healthcare provider immediately.

Please visit the CDC website for current guidelines on the Monkeypox virus

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**These are approximations, and experts disagree on some values. Consult your healthcare provider for recommendations suitable for you. It is also important to ensure the levels are given in the same measurements, such as mg/dL, etc.