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    People Are Monkeypox Alert

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     BANDUNG- Based on data from the World Health Organization (WHO) Central Africa and West Africa are endemic areas of Monkeypox which are transmitted by animals, especially rodents that contain the Monkeypox virus.

    According to Internal Medicine Specialist Hasan Sadikin Hospital (RSHS) Bandung, Emmy Hermiyanti Pranggono, transmission of Monkeypox occurs through bites, scratches, direct contact with blood, body fluids or lesions in the skin or mucosa of animals and eat meat that is not cooked properly.

    "Transmission from human to human can be possible but very limited, through respiratory secretions or lesions on the skin," said Emmy, in a discussion about Monkeypox in RSHS Bandung, Friday (17/05).

    Emmy said, the symptoms of Monkeypox are similar to smallpox (chickenpox) but are lighter with an incubation period of 5-21 days in which symptoms arise such as fever, severe headaches, lymphadenopathy (enlarged lymph nodes), back pain, muscle aches and lemes.

    "This rash develops from red spots such as smallpox (markulopapula), blisters filled with clear fluid (vesicles), pus filled blisters (pastule), then hardens," he said.

    Meanwhile, RSHS Bandung Skin and Sex Specialist, Oki Suwarsa said, Monkeypox is usually a disease that can heal itself with symptoms that last for 4-21 days and this case often occurs in children and is associated with the level of exposure to the virus, patient health status and the level of exposure to complications.

    "Death cases vary but less than 10% of the cases reported, most of them are children, the younger age group is more susceptible to monkeypox disease," he said. (Parno)

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