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Monkeypox, chickenpox or shingles? Infectious diseases experts explain the difference

If you already had chickenpox, are you immune to shingles? Also read about how a former strategy may have given some Singaporeans immunity to monkeypox.

We still haven't recovered from the COVID-19 epidemic (thank goodness the current wave of illnesses is not severe), and monkeypox is a present public health issue.

The first local case of the virus was discovered in Singapore, bringing it to our shores. The man has no connection to the importation case that resulted in the identification of 13 close acquaintances so far. Singapore's last encounter with monkeypox was in 2019.

Since the WHO's report on June 17—which also highlighted that 86% of the cases are discovered in Europe—more than 1,310 more cases and eight new nations have been added to the list, totaling more than 3,400 laboratory-confirmed cases and one death worldwide as of June 22.

You may be feeling overburdened with all the ailments you need to monitor. For instance, how can you distinguish between chickenpox and monkeypox from the fluid-filled blisters you have developed? Do you still need to get vaccinated if you've already experienced chicken pox? (You might still.) And how well-defended against monkeypox are you? (Yes, you very well could be.)


Despite having rashes that develop into blisters that scab and fall off as well as sharing the same names, chickenpox and monkeypox are not caused by the same virus. The Orthopoxvirus genus, which also includes the virus that causes smallpox, includes the virus that causes monkeypox.


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