Monkeypox – what is it, and how do you prevent its spread?

Monkeypox – what is it, and how do you prevent its spread? | Bidvest Steiner

Monkeypox (hMPXV) is a topical zoonotic disease that originates from a virus that can transfer between people and animals. The name monkeypox originated from the first detected cases in west and central Africa, where the virus was found among monkeys and forest rats.

The monkeypox virus is identified by skin lesions and blisters similar to chickenpox and is transmitted through skin-to-skin contact. In addition, it can also be spread through the laundry of an infected person. However, monkeypox can only be transmitted if symptoms are actively present.

Other symptoms of monkeypox include:

  • Headaches
  • Exhaustion
  • Muscle pain
  • Fevers
  • Chills

These symptoms clear on their own within two to four weeks after primary infection.

It’s important to note that monkeypox is mild and rarely fatal. However, immunocompromised individuals should take extra care. Monkeypox has been an active disease for years in Africa and has had smaller outbreaks internationally since 2003. It is not common in South Africa for the virus to spread from animal to human.

Tips to prevent the spread of monkeypox

  • Avoid skin-to-skin contact with an infected person.
  • Wash linen, clothing, and other bedding with laundry detergent.
  • Do not share drinking glasses, crockery, or cutlery with someone diagnosed with monkeypox; wash dishes with hot water and dishwashing liquid.
  • Practice good hygiene and wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water, or use an alcohol-based sanitiser when you do not have access to water.

Bidvest Steiner can help keep your staff and guests safe and healthy with Bidvest hygiene products. Whether you have a warehouse, office park, or hospitality business, we offer a range of products and services to ensure optimal hygiene.

While South African rodents don’t seem to carry the monkeypox virus, these pests can spread other diseases. Fortunately, Bidvest hygiene solutions help to prevent the spread of germs, including cold and flu viruses.

Please browse our website to find the right Bidvest hygiene option for your application and ask for an obligation-free assessment to assist in maintaining a safe work environment.

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