Following Corona, an infectious disease called 'monkey smallpox' is spreading all over the world.

Here, 'smallpox' refers to smallpox, which is actually a viral disease of a similar class.

However, the transmission power is not high, and there is already a vaccine and treatment, so there is no need to worry too much.

Medical reporter Cho Dong-chan will explain your questions.

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smallpox virus was discovered in monkeys in a Danish laboratory in 1958. 

In humans, it was first discovered in the Congo region of Africa in 1970, and the incubation period is reported from 5 to 21 days, but usually 6 to 13 days is the most. 

Symptoms include a headache, a fever of 38.5 degrees or higher, swollen lymph nodes, muscle pain, back pain, and skin lesions. 

It is believed that this species was discovered for the first time in Portugal. 

It is known that the fatality rate is about 1%. 

Most of the characteristics of this infected person are men between the ages of 20 and 50, and some of them are sexual minorities. 

So while it is said that certain sexual contact could be the cause of the infection, it is not. 

The routes of infection are widely open, and the scariest thing for scientists is the fact that the virus spread to 15 countries without knowing the exact route of infection. 

When COVID-19 spread to 15 countries, there were already hundreds of thousands of confirmed cases. 

This time, there are only 120 people. 

The scale of the infection will be much smaller than the flu, experts expect. 

In addition, there are vaccines and treatments available.

The World Health Organization has announced that it will release guidelines soon, but it does not restrict travel to certain countries.

Because this time it had nothing to do with travel.

This monkey pox has an overly terrifying aspect.

In general overseas travel, it is unlikely that travelers will mix with locals other than saliva drops.

There have been cases of infection through the eye mucosa, so medical personnel need protective goggles, but it is sufficient for the general public to wear a mask and wash their hands frequently.

However, it is better not to touch wild animals for the time being.

(Planning: Kim Do-kyun, video coverage: Lee Seung-hwan, video editing: Jung Yong-hee, production: D Content Planning Department)