In recent days it has been announced that the number of cases of monkeypox in Peru has exceeded 2,000 infected people. Among them, there are 2 children, who are within the vulnerable group. Therefore, today we tell you how you can protect your children from this disease.
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What is monkeypox?
It is a disease that is transmitted by the monkeypox virus. It is within the group of zoonotic infections, so it can also be spread from animals to humans. It is also spread between people through physical contact through rashes, body fluids, and scabs. This virus is also transmitted through saliva and sexual intercourse.
In some cases it has been transmitted from a pregnant woman to the baby through the placenta. Also through skin-to-skin contact of an infected parent with the child during or after delivery. To a lesser extent, it is spread by contact with objects or clothing that have been used by infected patients.
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Symptoms of monkeypox
Monkeypox causes symptoms such as fever, severe headache, muscle aches, back pain, fatigue, swollen glands, and skin rashes or lesions. The rashes usually appear on the third day of the fever. The main places where they are located are the face, the palms of the hands and the soles of the feet. They can also come out in the mouth, genitals and eyes.
Protect your child from monkeypox
Children are more likely to get this disease. In addition, they tend to show more severe symptoms than adolescents and adults. Follow these recommendations so that your little one does not get infected:
- If someone at home is infected or is a health worker; must be kept isolated from the child.
- Despite the fact that the use of masks in schools is optional according to the Minsa. It is also recommended to use it to reduce contact with saliva or lesions in the mouth of infected people.
- Disinfect your little one’s uniform after returning to school and wash the bedding once a week.
- Implement frequent hand washing with soap and water.
- Avoid sharing dishes, utensils, or other personal items.
- If your little one brings toys to school or invites family members to play, disinfect them at the end of the day.
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