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IDI warns about monkeypox, the distribution of suspects in Indonesia is revealed


Monkeypox or Monkeypox is a disease that is currently in the spotlight of the world. Previously, in May 2022, WHO received case reports from non-endemic countries. As of July 25, 2022, there are 17,905 confirmed cases of keypox in the world with a history of 17,852 cases occurring in countries without previous confirmed cases.

Although it has not been detected in Indonesia, the Indonesian Doctors Association (IDI) has asked all doctors to be aware of the symptoms of monkeypox in patients. This is because there have been confirmed cases of monkeypox in a neighboring country, namely Singapore, with 9 confirmed cases and 1 confirmed case in Thailand.

Generally, monkeypox is transmitted through close contact with patients, eating the meat of infected animals that are not cooked properly, and can be transmitted by other methods of transmission.



“As for human-to-human transmission, it is suspected that it can occur as a result of close contact with an infected patient directly (direct close contact) through exposure to infected respiratory secretions, direct contact with patient skin lesions, or contact with objects that have been contaminated with fluids. In addition, vertical transmission from mother to fetus through the placenta (congenital Monkeypox infection) is also possible,” said Dr Adityo Susilo from the Indonesian Association of Internal Medicine Specialists (PAPDI) as well as the central administrator of PETRI (Society of Tropical Medicine and Infectious Diseases). Indonesia).

Symptoms of Monkeypox Patients

  • High fever with severe headache
  • Lymphadenopathy
  • Back pain
  • Muscle ache
  • Prominent weakness

Dr. dr. Agus Dwi Susanto SpP(K), Head of PB IDI’s Control of Infectious Diseases Studies, asked health workers, both doctors and nurses who found symptoms of monkeypox in patients to follow up with a PCR test, which is a method of detecting the Monkeypox virus by detecting the DNA of the virus. and report to the local Health Office so that surveillance and further action can be carried out.

Monkeypox Fatality Risk

Monkeypox has a high risk of fatality to some people with the following conditions:

  • Pregnant mother
  • seniors
  • People with low immunity (immunosuppression)
  • Small child

Monkeypox Incubation Process

According to Dr. Adityo, the incubation process occurs for 5-21 days with an average of 6-16.

After 1-3 days, symptoms such as fever appear, white patches will appear starting from the face and spreading throughout the body, which generally appear on the face, palms, and soles of the feet.

Over time, the patches will turn into maculopapuc skin lesions, vesicles, and pustules which in 10 days will turn into scabs.

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