Warning to parents to watch for monkeypox symptoms if child ends up in intensive care unit

A CHILD in the UK has contracted monkeypox as the outbreak continues to spread.

Around 20 people in the country have tested positive for the disease, including a child in London.

The picture above shows a patient's monkeypox rash, some of them have scabs

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The picture above shows a patient’s monkeypox rash, some of them have scabsPhoto credit: Reuters
The monkeypox rash usually appears after patients have experienced a high temperature and other important signs such as exhaustion

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The monkeypox rash usually appears after patients have experienced a high temperature and other important signs such as exhaustionPhoto credit: Getty
The chart above shows how a monkeypox rash can develop from the earliest signs (a) to when the rash is no longer contagious (f).

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The chart above shows how a monkeypox rash can develop from the earliest signs (a) to when the rash is no longer contagious (f).Credit: PA

It is not known how old the boy is, but they are currently in critical condition in hospital.

Monkyepox is a rare disease with most cases occurring in Africa.

But in the last week, the virus has been detected around the world.

More cases are to be announced by the UK Health Safety Authority (UKHSA) later today.

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It’s important to know the signs to look out for, especially in young children who may not be able to explain how they are feeling.

dr Susan Hopkins, a senior medical adviser to the UKHSA, said the disease is “relatively mild” in adults, with young children believed to be more at risk.

Initial symptoms are usually “non-specific,” said Dr. Hopkins, and are like “a viral disease”.

A chickenpox-like rash later spreads to parts of the body.

The rash usually affects the face, hands, and arms, but can also spread to the genital area.

“It starts as red patches and moves to blisters — these are blister-like lesions that are a bit like chickenpox,” said Dr. Hopkins.

“They crust over, and once the scabs fall off, they’re no longer contagious.”

Medical professionals say the mortality rate among children is between 1 and 15 percent.

People who have been infected with monkeypox usually show symptoms five to 21 days after the initial infection.

Most often, children have the same symptoms as adults.

If you think your little one is unwell, you should always see a doctor.

The NHS says the first signs of the disease are:

  1. High temperature
  2. headache
  3. Muscle cramp
  4. back pain
  5. swollen glands
  6. tremors (chills)
  7. exhaustion

They added that a rash usually appears one to five days after symptoms appear.

It’s important that parents also look out for signs that their child is generally unwell.

When your child is exhausted, they may become irritable and dislike the things they normally do.

When it comes to taking a temperature, experts warn against relying on the traffic light system of a thermometer for children.

This is because the temperature of concern for babies is different than the temperature of concern for an adult.

The NHS says a normal temperature in babies and children is around 36.4C, but this can vary slightly from child to child.

When they have a high temperature, it is around 38 ° C or more.

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Sarah Y. Kim

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