First Case of Monkey Smallpox Confirmed in Indonesia, Yana Urges People to Implement PHBS
The Mayor of Bandung, Yana Mulyana, appealed to the public to continue implementing clean and healthy lifestyle (PHBS) and implementing health protocols to avoid the spread of the Monkey Smallpox virus.
"People still have to practice clean living habits. By implementing health protocols just like we prevented Covid 19, in theory we should be able to avoid exposure to monkeypox," Yana said in Bandung, Monday, August 22, 2022.
Previously, monkeypox was found in Indonesia. The outbreak, which was initially identified on the African continent, was reported to have attacked a 27-year-old man from Jakarta who had a history of traveling abroad.
Yana confirmed that until now there was no monkeypox disease found in the city of Bandung. He hoped that the city of Bandung would not be affected by the monkeypox disease.
"Don't be in Bandung. People must obey health protocols, if we wear masks, wash our hands and avoid crowds, we should be able to avoid it," he said.
To note, monkeypox transmission can occur from humans to humans, or from animals to humans. This is because this disease is a zoonotic disease that is transmitted from animals to humans.
Quoted from the Ministry of Health's Monkeypox Disease Prevention and Control Guidelines, monkeypox is transmitted through direct contact with infected animals or humans.
This disease is also transmitted through objects contaminated with the monkeypox virus.
Generally, the virus enters the body through the skin that is injured or open even though it is not visible.
Viruses can also enter through the respiratory tract or mucous membranes of the eyes, nose, or mouth.
Monkeypox patients will transmit the virus when experiencing symptoms, usually 2-4 weeks after infection. (rob)**
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