Experts said shingles, also known as shingles, differs from monkeypox in many ways, including risk factors associated with infection and how the rash appears.
Posts on social media sites claimed that recently recorded cases of monkeypox were ‘shingles’ and that Covid-19 vaccines were the cause of the disease, but Reuters confirmed in a report that it is acted as “lies”, and quoted experts that the disease in which infections have been recorded in more than 20 countries to date, it is an autonomous infectious disease.
The Reuters report also revealed that the infection between one of the diseases was not linked to vaccines intended to fight the emerging corona virus, other publications claim.
“There are significant differences between monkeypox and shingles,” said Don Finh, assistant professor in the Department of Experimental Medicine at McGill University, Canada.
He added in an interview with the agency that “although both are viruses, they belong to different viral families.”
“Shingles is caused by the same virus that causes chickenpox called varicella-zoster virus VZV, which is not in the same family as the virus that causes monkeypox,” said infectious disease researcher Bogoma Capisen Titanji. at Emory University School of Medicine in the US state of Georgia. .
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Monkeypox belongs to the Orthopoxvirus family of the Poxviridae family, which is unrelated to VZV, he said.
Monkeypox, which was previously restricted to West and Central Africa, Vinh said, is “a disease primarily transmitted to humans from animals.”
Seth Bloomberg, assistant professor of medicine at the University of California, Berkeley, told Reuters that monkeypox is an infection resulting from contact with an infected person or animal.
“While shingles is a reactivation of the virus that causes chicken pox,” he continued.
“Known risk factors for monkeypox are mostly related to exposure to infected people or animals, while risk factors for shingles are old age and immunosuppression,” he added.
Although both diseases cause a rash with small blisters, there are differences in the type of rash and the distribution of the blisters on the skin.
“Shingles tends to affect a narrow strip of skin on just one side of the body, while monkeypox can affect the whole body,” Bloomberg said.
Shingles usually causes pain, tingling, or discomfort before patches of skin called “vesicles” appear, which are small blisters of fluid. The patches left by shingles are usually localized, although in rare cases they can include more than one spot on the skin, “it can even include the whole body in rare cases,” as he put it.
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The tests can distinguish between the two diseases, as DNA amplification techniques such as the PCR test can be used to distinguish between the two viruses.
The Reuters report concluded that shingles is not the same thing as monkeypox, as the two diseases are caused by viruses from different families, and it “doesn’t make sense to confuse them”.
Some on the internet claimed that the newly discovered cases of monkeypox were actually cases of shingles as a side effect of the corona vaccine.
AndI was wondering One tweeter said: “Did monkeypox come from shingles inside vaccines?”
Is monkeypox really jab shingles?
— (@masthahh1) May 21, 2022
Another said:monkeypox = Shingles, the latter is a known side effect of the corona vaccine.
Monkey pox = shingles.
Shingles is a well-known side effect of the jab.
You are played.
This story will not hold.
— Tim Price 😃 (@timfprice) May 22, 2022
While a Facebook user said “monkeypox is actually shingles which is now being recorded in people who have had the corona vaccine”.
After the widespread introduction of corona vaccines in 2021, studies and press reports have documented rare cases of shingles after vaccination, but it is still unclear whether vaccination is associated with infection with this disease.