Experts have pointed out that the monkeypox virus, which is currently spreading in more than 14 countries of the world including South Africa, is at risk of spreading in Nepal as well. They argue that Nepal is at risk of monkeypox due to the influx of infected countries. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the virus, which appeared in African countries about a month ago, has infected more than 200 people in 14 countries.
The monkeypox virus was transmitted to humans from monkeys, rats, locusts, and wild animals, and later spread from person to person, according to the WHO. Recent studies have shown that the virus is transmitted through fluid from an infected person’s wound, coughing out of the mouth, and even from a sneeze. In infected nations, the spread of the disease among homosexuals has led to a shift in sexual relations. Symptoms of monkeypox infection include blisters on the skin, nausea, fever, and swollen glands.
The virus can infect other parts of the body and even cause death. Under normal circumstances, the symptoms of the virus disappear on their own after 21 days, experts say. According to doctors, it mostly affects children and the elderly.
Infections can last from three days to four weeks, so the virus is more likely to be passed from one person to another. Dr. Chuman Lal Das, director of the National Epidemiology and Disease Control Division, said that health workers at the entry point, international airport and border have been instructed to be vigilant to minimize the potential risk in Nepal. This news is published in today’s citizen daily.