North Carolina sees more monkey pox cases, health systems are making sure doctors know, what to look for.

Many people still are not sure what to expect from the virus that is now infected at least 11- people in state.

Monkey pox is a rare viral disease that occurs primarily in remote parts of Central and West Africa, near tropical rainforests.

The disease gets its name from the fact that it was first discovered in laboratory monkeys.

Humans can contract monkey pox from infected animals, such as monkeys, rats, and squirrels. 

The first symptoms of monkey pox are fever, headache, muscle aches, backache, swollen lymph nodes, chills, and exhaustion.  A few days after the fever begins, the patient develops a rash.

There is no specific treatment for monkey pox, but the symptoms can be treated.

Bed rest, fluids, and fever reducers can help with the fever and rash.  Antibiotics may be used to treat any secondary bacterial infections.

If you have monkey pox, you should avoid contact with other people as much as possible to prevent the spread of the disease.

There is a vaccine for monkey pox, but it is not widely available.

Vaccination against smallpox can also help to protect against monkey pox.  If you have any symptoms please contact immediately to your doctor.