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Studio DN: This is how monkeypox spreads

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Then you know if you have monkeypox

Monkeypox is unusual in Sweden, but how do you know you have it?

If you develop a fever, swollen lymph nodes and blisters, or a small, fluid-filled rash often on your body. Then you can suspect that you have monkeypox, and then you should call 1177 and ask for advice about where to go for testing and confirmation of the diagnosis. There is nothing to sit in the waiting room of the health center. Cases are reported by the health service, so it is important to seek help and care.

There used to be another smallpox disease: smallpox. What is that?

Smallpox was a viral disease that was a scourge of humans for thousands of years, and it was eradicated in 1980. It was the first faraway vaccinated disease, and since 1816 all children in Sweden were vaccinated against smallpox until 1976. But in the eighteenth century 60 million people died Of smallpox, the vast majority of them were children.

What is the common denominator between monkeypox and smallpox?

The virus is closely related, and victims develop fluid-filled blisters all over the body. It is transmitted essentially the same way, mainly through bodily fluids and close physical contact between people. It can also be transmitted through sexual contact. But one disease is fatal and the other is not. It is important to remember.

Why are monkey mugs getting so much attention now?

What is new and interesting is that the disease is beginning to spread outside Africa. So far, the infection has been most prevalent in Central and West Africa, and the times it has spread outside that region, has been linked to the trade in small animals and the travelers who brought the disease with them. It can now be seen that it began to spread within groups both in Europe and other parts of the world. Researchers are concerned: Why is it spreading this way now? Especially since the virus is not particularly contagious.

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This is an excerpt from the DN Studio podcast. In this section you’ll also discover why monkeypox is not a new epidemic – and what we should worry about instead.

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Then you know if you have monkeypox

Host: Sana Toren Burling
Producer: Sabina Marmolakage

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