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The Monkeypox outbreak has taken health officials by surprise, as cases typically stick to endemic regions of African countries. This is because the virus has limited transmission avenues and primarily spreads to people exposed to infected bodily fluids. But after cases have been recorded in the UK, as it becomes gradually more widespread, people will question what treatments are available.
Is there a vaccine for monkeypox?
Monkeypox presents with a hallmark rash of pox that starts on people’s faces, but aside from this, symptoms are similar to Covid or the flu.
Other signs of monkeypox include a high fever (38C+), muscle aches, headaches, swollen lymph nodes, backache, chills and exhaustion.
Unlike the other dominant viruses, monkeypox does not have a straightforward cure or preventative treatment.
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According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the only proven treatment for monkeypox is the smallpox vaccine.
Observational studies have found that the vaccinia vaccine prevents approximately 85 percent of cases.
Those vaccines, WHO states, are not currently available to the general public.
A newer jab was rolled out in 2019 but is “not yet widely available in the public sector”.