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9 differences between monkeypox and chickenpox you must know about

Published on May 31, 2022 10:29 PM IST
  • Some of the monkeypox symptoms are similar to chickenpox such as cold, fever, rash, body ache and fatigue. Here are 9 differences between the two viral infections.
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As monkeypox creates panic after being identified in several countries, it is important to know how the disease spreads. Some of its symptoms are similar to chickenpox like cold, fever, rash, body ache and fatigue. Dr. Subhash Kakkar, ENT Sr. Surgeon founder of Kakkar ENT Clinic (Karol Bagh), visiting consultant with BL Kapur hospital and Apollo Spectra lists the differences between monkeypox and chickenpox as per CDC (USA) guidelines.(Pinterest) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
Published on May 31, 2022 10:29 PM IST

As monkeypox creates panic after being identified in several countries, it is important to know how the disease spreads. Some of its symptoms are similar to chickenpox like cold, fever, rash, body ache and fatigue. Dr. Subhash Kakkar, ENT Sr. Surgeon founder of Kakkar ENT Clinic (Karol Bagh), visiting consultant with BL Kapur hospital and Apollo Spectra lists the differences between monkeypox and chickenpox as per CDC (USA) guidelines.(Pinterest)

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1. Virus: While monkeypox is caused by the orthopoxvirus, chickenpox is caused by the Varicella-zoster virus which is highly contagious.(Pinterest) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
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1. Virus: While monkeypox is caused by the orthopoxvirus, chickenpox is caused by the Varicella-zoster virus which is highly contagious.(Pinterest)

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2. Rash: Monkeypox patient develops rash within 1 to 5 days and it begins on the face and then spreads to other parts of the body. In case of chickenpox, rash appears on the chest, back, and then on the face and entire body. It causes between 250 to 500 itchy blisters.(Pinterest) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
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2. Rash: Monkeypox patient develops rash within 1 to 5 days and it begins on the face and then spreads to other parts of the body. In case of chickenpox, rash appears on the chest, back, and then on the face and entire body. It causes between 250 to 500 itchy blisters.(Pinterest)

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3. Fever: Monkeypox rashes appear 1 to 5 days after the fever while chickenpox rashes appear .1 to 2 days after the fever.(Pinterest, WHO) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
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3. Fever: Monkeypox rashes appear 1 to 5 days after the fever while chickenpox rashes appear .1 to 2 days after the fever.(Pinterest, WHO)

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4. Swollen lymph nodes: Monkeypox lymph nodes are swollen while chickenpox lymph nodes are not swollen.(Reuters) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
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4. Swollen lymph nodes: Monkeypox lymph nodes are swollen while chickenpox lymph nodes are not swollen.(Reuters)

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5. Incubation period of monkeypox is from 5 to 21 days while that of chickenpox lasts from 4 to 7 days.(Reuters) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
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5. Incubation period of monkeypox is from 5 to 21 days while that of chickenpox lasts from 4 to 7 days.(Reuters)

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6. Transmission: Monkeypox virus enters the body via broken skin, respiratory tract, and mucus membrane while chickenpox virus enters mainly via respiratory tracts.(Reuters) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
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6. Transmission: Monkeypox virus enters the body via broken skin, respiratory tract, and mucus membrane while chickenpox virus enters mainly via respiratory tracts.(Reuters)

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7. Prevention: In case of monkeypox, contact must be avoided with the infected person, animal, or any material like the bedding of the infected person while in chickenpox, vaccination must be taken to prevent infection.(Reuters) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
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7. Prevention: In case of monkeypox, contact must be avoided with the infected person, animal, or any material like the bedding of the infected person while in chickenpox, vaccination must be taken to prevent infection.(Reuters)

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8. Treatment: In monkeypox, no specific treatment is required but a smallpox vaccine can be given to the contacts of the infected person. In chickenpox, symptomatic treatment is given but chicken-vaccine are safe and effective.(Pinterest) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
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8. Treatment: In monkeypox, no specific treatment is required but a smallpox vaccine can be given to the contacts of the infected person. In chickenpox, symptomatic treatment is given but chicken-vaccine are safe and effective.(Pinterest)

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9. Symptoms: The symptoms of monkeypox and chickenpox are almost similar such as cold, fever, body ache, muscle ache, and fatigue where both lead to a widely disseminated rashes.(Pinterest) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
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9. Symptoms: The symptoms of monkeypox and chickenpox are almost similar such as cold, fever, body ache, muscle ache, and fatigue where both lead to a widely disseminated rashes.(Pinterest)

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