Alert, stuffy nose and cough can also be symptoms of monkey pox – Indonesia has just confirmed its first monkeypox case on Saturday (20/8/2022). One of the symptoms experienced by patients is a rash or lesions on the skin due to infection.

However, the symptoms of monkeypox are not just a rash. The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) lists other common symptoms of monkeypox such as swollen lymph nodes, sore throat, stuffy nose, and cough.

Infectious disease expert at the University of California, Davis Medical Center, Sarah Waldman, MD, says monkeypox infection can start sooner than people are aware of.

The incubation period of the virus is longer than the flu or the Omicron COVID-19 variant. If the flu or Omicron takes an average of two or three days, the virus that causes monkeypox takes longer than that. The World Health Organization (WHO) states that the incubation period for monkeypox is between 6-13 days and sometimes up to 21 days. But the data suggest the incubation period could be shorter.

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“During this incubation period, someone who has monkeypox will not know they are sick,” Waldman said.

The majority of patients or about 60 percent will experience some kind of cold or flu symptoms at first. In some cases, patients experience pain, feel unwell, and have a slight loss of appetite, says infectious disease expert at Vanderbilt University Medical Center William Schaffner, MD.

According to Schaffner, although people may experience monkeypox differently, flu-like symptoms will disappear within a few days. Afterward, they may start to see a rash or lesions appear.

However, the CDC states, some people may get a rash or lesions first, followed by other symptoms. Others may just have a rash.

Monkeypox lesions

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For two to four weeks after the initial incubation period, a person infected with monkeypox will notice lesions forming on his body. According to the CDC, the first lesions form on the tongue or in the mouth. However, not all monkeypox infections include this stage.

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