‘Monkeypox’ under our microscope - Dr.Jeewandara | Daily News

‘Monkeypox’ under our microscope - Dr.Jeewandara

The Sri Jayewardenepura University has the capacity to test and diagnose ‘monkeypox’ and it has already ordered the necessary reagents for that purpose, Allergy Immunology and Cell Biology Unit Operations and Clinical Services Director Dr. Chandima Jeewandara said.

He said that the Unit’s laboratory would receive the necessary reagents by next week.

The international media reported that multiple clusters of monkeypox were reported in Europe, North America and Australia lately. It is a viral zoonotic disease, meaning that it can spread from animals to humans. It can also spread between people.

Symptoms of monkeypox typically include a fever, intense headache, muscle aches, back pain, low energy, swollen lymph nodes and a skin rash or lesions, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

Symptoms typically last between two to four weeks and go away on their own without treatment, but in some individuals, they can lead to medical complications. Newborns, children and people with underlying immune deficiencies may be at risk of more serious symptoms and death from monkeypox.

The WHO said there are several vaccines available for prevention of smallpox that also provide some protection against monkeypox.

It added that monkeypox is not typically considered to be very contagious because it requires close physical contact with someone who is infectious (e.g., skin to skin) to spread between people.

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