We’ve had Monkeypox. This is what we need people to know

We've had Monkeypox.  This is what we need people to know

Jake* was having a normal family meal with his partner and 15-year-old son when he developed a fever. For four days he felt exhausted and had no appetite, and after a few days he developed brain fog. Twenty-four hours later an anal lesion appeared.

It was essentially an open wound for five days that was oozing clear mucus and then blood,” Jake tells HuffPost UK.

“It was almost impossible to sit up and it was very painful to move. Opening my bowels was pure agony and my body made me do it eight or nine times a day. Each time it was a bloodbath.”

It was at the end of July that the World Health Organization (WHO) declared monkey pox a global health emergency.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has estimated that there are more 25,000 cases worldwidepredominant in Europe, although more than 7,000 in the US, and more emerging in South America, Southeast Asia, the Western Pacific and the Eastern Mediterranean.


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