CDC monkeypox warning calls for ‘enhanced precautions’ for travel

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued a monkeypox travel alert after cases were reported in North America, Europe and Australia. the Level 2 alert urged people traveling to “practice enhanced precautions”, although the agency said the risk was low for the general public.

Confirmed cases of the rare disease have been found in countries including the United States, Canada, Australia, England, France, Italy, Spain, the Netherlands and Israel.

“None of these individuals reported recent travel to countries in Central or West Africa where monkeypox is usually prevalent, including the Democratic Republic of Congo and Nigeria, among others,” the CDC alert reads. .

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The CDC has warned travelers to avoid close contact with sick people and wildlife such as small mammals and primates (alive or dead). Travelers are also discouraged from preparing or eating wild game meat, and the agency said travelers should refrain from using products – such as creams, powders and lotions – made from it. of African wild animals. The warning says to avoid contact with materials used by sick people or animals.

Monkeypox causes symptoms such as headaches, muscle aches and fever, as well as lesions on the body, with illness lasting between two and four weeks, according to the agency. Infections usually occur through contact with broken skin or bodily fluids of people or animals that have been infected. These include respiratory droplets. People can also become infected through contact with contaminated materials. The disease has fatal summer in 1 in 10 people in Africa.

The CDC has advised that you seek medical attention if you have a new unexplained rash, stay away from others, and, if you think you might be infected, not use public transportation until that you have been authorized.

An infection in Massachusetts was the first identified this year in the United States. Health authorities have shared concerns about the rise in cases. However, they also said the virus is significantly less transmissible than the coronavirus.

President Biden said on Monday he does not expect a quarantine to be needed to curb the spread of monkeypox in this country. “I just don’t think it reaches the level of concern that existed with covid-19, and the smallpox vaccine works for that,” he told a news conference.

Studies indicate that the smallpox vaccine is, at a minimum, 85% effective against monkeypox, according to the CDC.


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