Monkeypox, a new global health emergency

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dr. Mohammad Syahril, Sp.P, MPH
dr. Mohammad Syahril, Sp.P, MPH. (Source: SULIANTI SAROSO HOSPITAL)

WHO has also issued recommendations based on four classifications of countries in relation to the monkeypox. Indonesia is in the first category, i.e. “No reports of monkeypox cases, or once reported cases but no longer did so within the past 21 years”. 

Droplet Infection 

At the same event, dr. Robert Shinto, Sp. PD, K-PTI, a n consultant tropical infectious disease from the St. Carolus Hospital Jakarta, reported that infection occurs through contact with sufferer’s droplets or other intimate contacts. “There is no cure yet; however, this is likely because the viral disease heals itself after three weeks. Infection occurs in three phases. First, incubation. The virus has entered the body, but there are no symptoms yet and the sufferer does not have the ability to infect anyone else yet. Second, prodromal. No rashes or lesions appear on the skin, but sufferer has shown systemic symptoms such as fevers. Third , t h e appearance of lesions or pustules, and they can start infecting people by then,” he said. 

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Finally, dr. Syahril reminds everyone who suffer from a combination of fevers and rashes to immediately consult a doctor. “Make sure you also perform the usual health protocols routinely – wearing filter masks, washing hands with soap, and maintaining safe distancing to avoid getting Covid-19 on top of the monkeypox. It’s still here, after all. These healthy and clean living habits also work to prevent catching the monkeypox,” he said. (est)