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Since May 2022, a surge of Monkeypox cases has been reported in multiple countries where the disease is not endemic.
Are healthcare professionals concerned about the Monkeypox outbreak? In our latest M3 Pulse survey, we asked 3,050 healthcare professionals their opinions about the Monkeypox statistics.
The spread of COVID-19 has caused authorities and the medical community to be on high alert for potential spread of new viruses. Global solutions and protocols are still being discussed and developed to better detect and prevent future disease outbreaks like COVID-19. With the unusually high number of reported cases in locations where the disease has not historically been reported, the WHO is now collaborating with health authorities to investigate and prevent further spread of the disease.
People working on the frontlines of healthcare, taking care of patients and managing medical data, have the medical expertise, experience and proximity to be able to early identify abnormalities and concerning events. To find out what they think about the Monkeypox outbreak, we asked 3,050 healthcare professionals in the USA and across Europe if they feel concerned about the recent surge.
Before diving into the results, here are five quick facts about the Monkeypox disease and the current situation:
Five facts about Monkeypox
What is Monkeypox?
It is a rare viral infection that causes rash and other flu-like symptoms such as fever, chills, headache, muscles aches, swollen lymph nodes and exhaustion. The illness is typically mild, although it can cause severe discomfort, and normally lasts for 2-4 weeks.
How do you get Monkeypox?
It is usually transmitted through close physical contact with an infected person. However, Monkeypox is a zoonotic disease, which means that the virus can be transmitted between animals and humans as well.
Is Monkeypox deadly?
The Monkeypox mortality rate is very low. An average healthy person without comorbidities is very unlikely to die from the disease, but in rare cases, it can trigger sepsis, encephalitis, or secondary infections which can be fatal. According to the WHO, death rates are around 3–6%.
Monkeypox statistics and the current situation
According to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) there has been 42,567 confirmed cases in 88 locations that have not historically reported monkeypox, (shown as orange dots in the image below), between January and August 2022.
Is there a Monkeypox vaccine and can it be treated?
However, in severe cases or to prevent infection, studies show that vaccines and antiviral agents used for smallpox can help to prevent or reduce the severity of the Monkeypox infection; as they are both caused by the same genus of viruses called Orthopoxvirus.
M3 Pulse results about the Monkeypox outbreak from 3,050 healthcare professionals
To find out what healthcare professionals think about the outbreak, we asked 3,050 M3 panel members in the USA and across Europe their opinion about Monkeypox and if they feel concerned about the recent Monkeypox surge.
Here are the results from our monthly M3 Pulse survey conducted in July 2022. M3 Pulse is an online survey that enables healthcare professionals around the world to share their expertise and opinions about important and trending healthcare topics, like opinions about Monkeypox. You can participate by becoming an M3 panel member. Register for free down below!
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More than 50 percent of the respondents reported they were not concerned about the outbreak as they believe that we are able to take care of people who are infected, or that the situation can be controlled. Almost one third of healthcare professionals do feel concerned about the surge, however.
Although it is a disease of global public health importance and further investigation is needed to limit onward spread, experts are not concerned about another pandemic similar to that of COVID-19. It is believed that we have the capabilities and resources to properly deal with the outbreak. To prevent getting infected and further spreading Monkeypox, we advise you to follow the recommended guidelines from CDC.
What are your opinions about the Monkeypox outbreak? Leave a comment below and let us know what you think.
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