How Does Pest Control Help In Preventing Monkeypox?
COVID-19 is not over yet and the world is again under the fear of another viral infection called Monkeypox. Belonging to the smallpox family of viral infections, Monkeypox is a viral zoonosis or a virus that gets easily transmitted from animals to human beings. Though a rare and old viral infection, Monkeypox is now back in action and spreading fast, mostly in some areas of Africa.
The good thing is that unlike COVID-19 infection, Monkeypox can be treated by diagnosing early symptoms. We also have a vaccine for it. But why worry about treatment when there are ways to prevent it in the first place? For protection against the Monkeypox infection, one can rely on pest control and home cleaning. Ensuring proper disinfection and pest control is a good safety measure to keep this viral infection at bay.
Let us dig deeper to understand all about this rare disease. We will acquaint you with the early symptoms of Monkeypox and how can pest control prevent its outbreak?
What is Monkeypox?
Reading the name Monkeypox, anyone may relate it with monkeys. However, Monkeypox is not spread by the notorious monkeys. Monkeypox is not a new disease. It was first discovered in 1958 in certain colonies of monkeys that were kept for some research in Copenhagen. Of late, there are a growing number of cases where people are getting affected by this disease. This viral disease is believed to be spread by African rodents. It is a disease that brings chills, fever, skin lesions, and swollen lymph nodes. Quite like the case of smallpox, in Monkeypox too, a person gets red rashes on the whole body.
How do you get the Monkeypox Infection?
The big question that one must be eager to know is how do you get the Monkeypox infection? This viral disease is known to spread mainly from animals to humans. Besides, there are many ways in which this disease may spread, such as:
- Physical contact with an infected person
- Infection through infected rodents and pests at home or office
- Using common clothing, bedding, and utensils of an infected person
- Sexual intercourse with an infected person
Symptoms of Monkeypox
As far as the symptoms of Monkeypox are concerned, they are not hard to detect. However, the problem lies in the fact that a person may get confused as most of the signs of Monkeypox are common, as in the case of other viral infections. Some common signs of Monkeypox are:
- Muscle ache
- Swollen lymph nodes in armpits and neck
- Raised red spots that turn into fluid-filled blisters on the face, body, and even in private parts
These signs and symptoms of Monkeypox tend to arise between 5 and 20 days of getting infected with the virus. One of the early symptoms of Monkeypox is a high fever with a constant and severe headache.
Treatment of Monkeypox
There is no specific treatment as such for Monkeypox approved by the World Health Organization or WHO. However, some precautions can help prevent the outbreak to a great extent. Besides, patients suffering from Monkeypox are getting relief with the antiviral medications that are often used to treat smallpox and other similar viral diseases. If a person experiences symptomatic signs of Monkeypox, some over-the-counter medicines (OTC) may work too, such as TPOXX or Tecovirimat.
Vaccination for Monkeypox
As mentioned in the beginning, we already have a vaccine available to minimize the risk of Monkeypox viral infection. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends the same vaccine for Monkeypox as for smallpox. It is believed that this vaccine is about 85% effective against the spread of Monkeypox infection if taken before getting exposed to the virus. In the US, a vaccine called Junneos has already been sanctioned by the Federal Government for healthcare providers to safeguard themselves against this infection.
Tips to Prevent Monkeypox
Prevention is always better than cure and this applies to preventing Monkeypox too. You can minimize the chances of Monkeypox infection by following these prevention steps:
- Maintain social distance from an infected person.
- Avoid sharing utensils, bedding, clothing, and room with the infected person.
- Avoid touching the rashes of the infected person.
- Sanitize your home if you see rodents and pests.
- Keep washing your hands regularly with soap and water or use a hand sanitizer.
- If you experience rashes, stay isolated and consult a doctor at the earliest.
How does Pest Control Prevent Monkeypox Symptoms in Humans?
Pests, rodents, and all types of insects are most likely to bring in viral and bacterial infections in your home. Passing on these infections, these pests can be a cause of not just Monkeypox but other serious diseases too. This is where it becomes very clear that pest control helps prevent symptoms of Monkeypox in human beings. Pests, especially rodents, are known to transmit diseases through their droppings and urine. It is therefore important to get pest control at home if you detect rodents at home or the workplace. Companies like HiCare are pro in keeping the mess of pests away from your commercial and residential areas.
These were a few interesting facts about Monkeypox. We already learned how sanitization and cleanliness help in preventing the COVID-19 infection. This time with signs of Monkeypox detected in human beings, we need to be extra alert. Since this disease spreads easily from pests and animals, one must ensure proper pest control at home. Hire professionals from HiCare, India’s top-notch digital hygiene company, for a professional pest control service at home or office. Keep pests away to keep the symptoms of Monkeypox away.