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Sex can transmit Monkeypox – NCDC

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MONKEYPOX, a new disease endemic to West and Central African countries, can be transmitted through sexual intercourse.

  Nigeria Centre for Disease Control gave the warning in post on its website, today.

  Explaining that the disease is deadlier in patients suffering from other diseases, NCDC noted that sexual intercourse happens to be a mode of transmission.

  “Symptoms of the illness include fever, headache, body aches, weakness, swollen lymph nodes (glands) and a rash. After about 1 to 3 days of fever, the rash erupts, beginning on the face and then spreading to the body with the face and palms/soles being mostly affected.

They can also occur in and around the genitals which is why contact during sex is one mode of transmission. It is mostly a self-limiting illness that often lasts for two to four weeks.

 There is a risk of human to human transmission. If you have someone around you who has the infection, it is very easy for you to get infected and sex cannot be ruled out because there is contact,” the post reads.

  NCDC is giving the warning following jitters from World Health Organisation, (WHO) recently released reports of outbreak of Monkeypox disease even in countries where it is not endemic.

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