Monkeypox or monkeypox has been detected in Indonesia. In response to this, Minister of Health Budi Gunadi Sadikin appealed to the Indonesian people to remain calm with the findings of the first case of monkeypox in Indonesia.
The Minister of Health confirmed that the character of the monkeypox virus was not as vicious as SARS-CoV-2, which causes COVID-19.
"Monkey smallpox has occurred in the world as many as 35,000 positive cases have been identified. At the same time, the number of COVID-19 cases has reached millions at the same time," said Budi Gunadi Sadikin in the agenda of the 3rd HWG press conference at the Hilton Hotel Nusa Dua Bali, Monday (22/8/2022).
In the press conference, the Minister of Health explained that the transmission of monkeypox was much more difficult than the transmission of Covid-19.
In contrast to the asymptomatic Covid-19, which can be transmitted to other people with weak immunity, Budi said that monkeypox transmission occurs when you are already symptomatic.
In general, the symptoms that arise in monkeypox patients are characterized by spots and pus. If the two symptoms have not come out, the Minister of Health said that there was no transmission.
"If the spots don't come out, they're not contagious. So avoiding them is much easier," he said.
Furthermore, the Minister of Health explained that the transmission of monkeypox is also not as easy as Covid-19, which can infect the virus within a maximum incubation period of 14 days through droplets or oral fluids. Meanwhile, the transmission of monkeypox must be in physical contact with the patient.
"If a person is sick and has spots, there should be no physical contact with the person concerned," he said.
Budi believes that people born before the smallpox vaccination era in 1980 had stronger antibody levels than people born after.