Monkeypox Virus: According to doctors, the patient being asymptomatic depends on the amount of viral load, the immunity of the person who has been infected and the strain of the virus.
Monkeypox (signal photo)
Kerala and Delhi monkeypox The cases of monkeypox virus in India increased to eight on Tuesday after two more patients of the disease were reported. In view of this, the states had to intensify the preparations to prevent the spread of infection. According to the new data, more than 20,000 cases of infection have been reported worldwide. Since World Health Organization infection with monkeypox global health emergency Since then, its cases have increased rapidly. This means that people have many questions related to this disease in their mind. And one of them is: can monkeypox infection be asymptomatic?
Mumbai-based infectious disease specialist Dr Ishwar Gilada told TV 9 that monkeypox, like any other infectious disease, can be asymptomatic (without symptoms). Dr Gilada explained, “While some infected people may be mildly asymptomatic and often labeled as asymptomatic, others may be clearly asymptomatic. It will all depend on the amount of viral load, the immunity of the person who has been infected and the strain of the virus.”
He said that when it comes to numbers, asymptomatic disease becomes a threat, but it is not so with respect to mortality.
Dr Gilada said, ‘Due to the localization associated with monkeypox, its sexual transmission (sexual transmission) and MSM (sexual conduct between men), many people have isolated themselves instead of going to the hospital for treatment. Will be. This will surely create a hindrance in controlling the spread of monkeypox virus.
He said that in such a situation only the patient will come to know about his possible infection, even if it is asymptomatic. Dr Gilada said, “Her history of sexual contact will determine whether the person may have been exposed to the virus. Even if she is asymptomatic, whether she has had sex in the recent past or not, it will not reduce her chances of infection. Especially if his partner’s test comes positive. In other words, even if a person does not show any symptoms of this infection, he should get himself tested to confirm it. This will prove to be an important step in preventing the rapid spread of this disease.
Smallpox Vaccine Still Not Safe
People born before 1980 have been vaccinated against smallpox, Dr Gilada said, yet people over the age of 40 still fear getting it. Dr Gilada explained, “This is because the vaccine only provides 85 percent efficiency. This is not a monkeypox vaccine. We especially need a vaccine that can target this infection.
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