With more than twenty confirmed and observed cases of monkeypox in Spain, many people are concerned if they see on their skin some mark that may resemble the one left by this disease.

This problem, which in most cases is a simple mistake, has been aggravated after the celebration of the Interstellar Festival, at the Andalusian Center for Contemporary Art in Seville, when attendees were riddled with fleas.

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The bites of these insects made many of those affected think of monkeypox disease, characterized by the appearance of rashes or skin lesions.

Differences between smallpox and flea bites

First of all, you have to know that the skin rashes that occur when a person is infected with monkeypox usually start on the face, then spread to the rest of the body.

In fact, the most affected areas are usually the face, in 95% of cases, as well as the palms of the hands and soles of the feet, in 75% of cases. In addition, these are often accompanied by other symptoms, among which are the following:

  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Muscle pains
  • Shaking chills
  • Tiredness
  • Swelling of the lymph nodes
  • Throat pain
  • mouth ulcers
  • Cough
  • Conjunctivitis
  • light sensitivity
  • vomiting
  • Nausea

In the following image you can see the evolution that The marks that appear on the skin due to monkeypox follow:

Health detects a suspected case of monkeypox in Castellón

On the other hand, to identify the bites suffered by fleas, it is convenient to know that it is a non-flying insect. In fact, it is a jumping insect, so bites are usually grouped in lines of 3 or 4 red dotswhich causes the insect to jump and sting, as indicated from the Mapfre Foundation.

The symptoms, therefore, are simply the appearance of red bumps, often three bumps grouped together, which are very itchy. Besides, blisters may appear if the person has an allergy to flea bitesas it collects MedlinePlus.

In the following images you can see the marks caused by a flea bite:

The flea bites that an employee of CCA International has suffered on her legs at her job.

The flea bites suffered on the leg by an employee of CCA International at her job.