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Monkeypox: what is it and how to protect yourself

What is monkeypox?

The outbreak of monkeypox in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has caused great concern among health authorities. The virus, related to smallpox, can be deadly in humans and easily spread through contact with infected animals or people.

Monkeypox is a rare disease that occurs mostly in remote parts of Central and West Africa. It is usually harmless in humans, causing a mild fever and rash. However, the current outbreak in the DRC is concerning because it appears to be more severe than usual, with a higher number of cases and deaths.

There is no specific treatment for monkeypox, and it can be difficult to diagnose early on. However, prompt treatment of symptoms can improve the chances of recovery.

If you work with animals or people who might be infected with monkeypox, it's important to take precautions to avoid exposure. This includes wearing gloves, masks, and other protective clothing when handling potentially infected material. You should also avoid close contact with sick people and wash your hands often.

Monkeypox safety in the workplace

Monkeypox is a serious viral illness that can be deadly in some cases. The best way to protect yourself and your employees are to be aware of the risks and take precautions to avoid exposure.

There are a few things you can do to help prevent the spread of monkeypox in your workplace:

1. Make sure all employees are up to date on their vaccinations. This includes the standard childhood vaccinations as well as any booster shots or additional vaccinations recommended for adults.

2. Ensure that all employees practice good hygiene, including washing their hands regularly and avoiding contact with sick people.

3. Keep your workplace clean and free of clutter where viruses can hide. Regular cleaning with a disinfectant will help reduce the risk of infection.

4. If an employee becomes ill with monkeypox, ensure they stay home from work until they have recovered completely. This will help prevent the spread of the virus to others.


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