Monkeypox Direct close contact increases risk of infection

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dr. Adityo Susilo, Sp.PD-KPTI
dr. Adityo Susilo, Sp.PD-KPTI. (Source: RSUI)

Prodromal Period In monkeypox infection, the incubation interval from the initial infection to the appearance of initial symptoms occur in 6-13 days. “The incubation period is anywhere from 5 to 21 days. During this period, infection proper has not occurred. Infection truly occurs during the acute or prodromal period, marked with fevers, headaches, muscular pains, listlessness, and most importantly, the swelling of the lymph nodes. After this period, the patient will suffer the eruption phase, marked by the appearance of lesions,” he said. 

Therapies for monkeypox patients are merely symptomatic and supportive. They are given simply to lighten the intensity of the symptoms and complaints, accelerate the healing of lesions, lower fevers, reduce loss of liquid, prevent dehydration, reduce pain, prevent the formation of scar tissue, and avoid the occurrence of secondary infections. 

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As infection is caused by direct close contact, dr. Adityo emphasizes the importance of living a clean and healthy lifestyle, consuming nutritious foods, and having sufficient exposure to sunlight. “Absorbing sunlight for 10-15 minutes at around 09.00-10.00 a.m. will activate the pre-vitamin D hormones in your body, and this will improve your immunity,” he added. (est)