Monkeypox (orthopoxvirus) is a rare disease that is caused by infection from the Monkeypox virus. The Monkeypox virus is part of the same family of viruses that cause Smallpox. However, symptoms of Monkeypox are considered milder than those of Smallpox. The United States Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) now recommends the Smallpox/Monkeypox Vaccine (JYNNEOS™) for people ages 18 and older that are at a high risk of contracting the Monkeypox virus.
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.
A chem 6 panel is a blood test that is commonly ordered to check the functions of certain organs or confirm a diagnosis by evaluating your body’s metabolism. Unlike a basic metabolic panel, however, also called a “chem 8,” a chem 6 panel does not include tests for certain compounds like glucose, commonly associated with metabolic syndrome.