New viruses and outbreaks are not something new. Back in 1970, smallpox was controlled on U.S. soil, but a new virus came forth in Africa. It was what we now know as monkeypox, and many years after, it caused a serious outbreak in the United States and other parts of the world.
Nowadays, there are only a few reports of monkeypox in the United States, the United Kingdom, and other northern latitude countries. Most of them come from people who have recently traveled to endemic areas. More recently, a worrying increase in the number of cases in the United States has put monkeypox back on the scope since at least one case has been reported in Washington, New York, Massachusetts, Utah, and Florida.
But how can you detect monkeypox? Laboratory tests confirm the diagnosis, but it is usually detected by considering the following signs and symptoms:
Enlarged lymph nodes
This is one of the most important signs of early disease. It helps distinguish monkeypox and similar ailments from other viruses. It is considered a reliable clinical sign and helps distinguish monkeypox from smallpox and chickenpox. The location of the enlarged lymph nodes includes the submandibular, submental, cervical, and inguinal regions. They become enlarged during the period of fever and one or two days before the skin rash begins. Thus, one way to tell is by touching and exploring the neck, groin, and armpits for growths or irregularities. These may show up on both sides of the body or just one side.