Monkeypox is not COVID, but need to keep a watch, says top scientist

Monkeypox is not COVID kind of virus so there is no need for any alarm over the cases surfacing in different parts of the country. It is also “less infectious, does not spread in the air and only close proximity for a prolonged period, skin to skin contact or exchange of body fluids could lead to the infection,” said Dr. Rakesh Mishra, noted scientist and director of Tata Institute for Genetics & Society (TIGS), Bengaluru.

Smallpox vaccine can protect people from getting monkeypox, as viruses causing these diseases are closely related. There are at present two FDA-approved vaccines for monkeypox. While there are no approved treatments for monkeypox, the antiviral drugs used for smallpox are likely to be useful here too.

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