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Monkeypox: Know how to prevent your kid from getting infected

A few days back, World Health Organisation stated that 14,000 Monkeypox cases had been recorded across 70 countries in the world and this is a state of health emergency

Monkeypox Know how to prevent your kid from getting infected RBA
Bangalore, First Published Jul 22, 2022, 7:30 AM IST

A contagious illness, monkeypox may pass from animals to people. The viral infection resembles smallpox quite a bit. Monkeypox has been classified as an endemic disease in a few nations, and instances have recently increased.

Monkeypox symptoms are normally not so severe. There is not much to worry about in terms of the grownups. However, in extreme circumstances, it can be deadly for kids. There is no need for concern, according to Piyush Ranjan, an Additional Professor from the Department of Medicine at AIIMS, Delhi, as the monkeypox virus is far less contagious than the COVID-19 virus. The doctor cautioned that children could die from monkeypox, though.

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Both smallpox and monkeypox have comparable symptoms. Typically, pain, fever, rashes, enlarged lymph nodes, and chills are observed in infected people, including children.

Parents need to keep an eye out for the following signs in kids.

Rashes: These develop two or three days after the youngster has the infection. The face is typically where the rashes are initially observed before spreading to the hands, palms, and feet. The majority of rashes frequently become fluid-filled.

High fever:  Children with monkeypox are more likely than adults to experience fever. It's always advisable to see a doctor as soon as you discover a fever in your kids.

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The following safety measures should be taken to safeguard your kids.

  • Stop your youngster from coming into contact with diseased animals, rats, and monkeys. Additionally, prevent kids from going to places with dead animals.
  • Only consume meat which is cooked properly.
  • Watch out for youngsters coming into contact with sick people.
  • Encourage the kids to wash their hands with soap and water to keep them clean.
  • Give kids sanitisers with alcohol in them.
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