As Monekypox cases continue to rise around the world, the National Health Service (NHS) is warning meat lovers to take precautions as the disease is transmittable through eating meat.
The NHS website reported that Monkeypox can be contracted by touching the clothing, bedding or towels of someone who is infected. It can also be contracted by touching the monkeypox blisters or scabs and if an infected person coughs or sneezes within close contact with you.
Monkeypox can also be contracted from wild animals and rodents, such as rats, mice and squirrels if you are “bitten” or if you “touch its blood, body fluids, spots, blisters or scabs”.
The close contact disease can also be contracted by eating the meat of an infected animal that was not thoroughly cooked, as well as by touching infected animal products, such as skin or fur.
It was noted that a number of the recent Monkeypox cases in the UK have been identified in “gay and bisexual men”, hence it is advised that homosexual men be on alert for the symptoms.
NHS added that everyone should be alert of “any unusual rashes or lesions, and to contact a sexual health service if they have any symptoms.”
The symptoms include fever, headache, muscle aches, backache, swollen glands, shivering (chills), exhaustion, and a rash that usually appears 1 to 5 days on the face after the first symptoms and then spreads to the body.
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