The World Health Organization (WHO) issued a series of recommendations for people with monkeypox or monkeypox who are recovering at home.
The virus, with a low infectious and mortality rate, has been identified in 938 people in Colombia, of whom only four are women, as of 5 September.
As confirmed by the WHO in a recent report, the peak of cases in the country was recorded in the last seven days, which has made it the 10th highest worldwide after the United States, Spain, Brazil, France, Germany, United Colombia was ranked among the affected countries. Kingdom, Peru, Canada and the Netherlands.
The most common symptoms of monkeypox are fever, headache, muscle aches, back pain, lack of energy and swollen lymph nodes. These symptoms are followed or accompanied by a skin rash that may last for two to three weeks. The rash may be located on the face, palms of the hands, soles of the feet, eyes, mouth, neck, groin, and genital or anal areas of the body.
The number of lesions can range from a few to several. The sores are flat at first, then fill with fluid, then crust over, dry out, and a new layer of skin forms underneath.
With regard to handling skin wounds, if the person is isolated at home, WHO recommends not scratching wounds, washing hands before and after touching, covering wounds and keeping them dry.
Similarly, it recommends washing wounds with soap and water, rinsing wounds in the mouth with salt water, bathing in warm water with sodium bicarbonate or magnesium sulfate, and taking paracetamol for pain, if necessary.
Indications to seek medical advice immediately:
– If the skin sores are very painful or you have signs of infection (redness, swelling, discharge).
– In case of high fever, nausea or vomiting.
If you can’t eat or drink.
– If you have trouble breathing or feel dizzy or confused.
How to protect occupants in case of isolated monkeypox patients?
– Remember that there is a risk of spreading the disease until all the scabs from the wounds have fallen off and a new layer of skin has formed.
– Isolate yourself in a separate room, use your own toilet room or disinfect it after each use.
– Wash your hands frequently with soap and water or disinfect them with alcohol gel.
– Frequently wash and disinfect surfaces and objects you have touched.
Avoid sweeping or vacuuming while cleaning to prevent the virus from spreading through the air.
– Use your own dishes, glasses, bedding, towels and electronic devices like phones.
– Wash your own clothes. Put them all in a plastic bag before putting them in the washing machine. Use detergent and hot water
Keep windows open as much as possible.