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Monkeypox

Ways to avoid the viral disease.

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The ongoing outbreak of Monkeypox has some concerned. Dr. Stephen Spann, Dean of the University of Houston Tilman J. Fertitta Family College of Medicine says here's what you need to know.

“Monkey pox is a viral infection which has been increasing in frequency. It causes symptoms similar to, but milder than smallpox, and is rarely fatal. Spread mainly through close, intimate, skin-to-skin and sexual contact, monkeypox can cause flu-like symptoms, swollen lymph nodes, and a rash.”

Here are some ways you can avoid monkeypox:

  • Avoid close, skin-to-skin contact with individuals who have a rash.
  • Don't touch rashes or scabs on another person.
  • Don't kiss, hug, cuddle or have sex with someone with monkeypox.
  • Don't share eating utensils or cups.
  • Don’t handle or touch bedding, towels, or clothing of a person with monkeypox.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Get a vaccination if you meet the eligibility criteria at your local health department.

“If symptoms develop, contact your health care provider, get tested and self-isolate pending results to avoid infecting others.”

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