This week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) officially issued a Level 2 advisory for travelers as monkeypox spreads, urging travelers to “take heightened precautions.”
“The risk to the public is low, but you should seek immediate medical attention if you develop a new unexplained skin rash (lesion on any part of the body) with or without fever and chills,” the bulletin says. This comes after news that Canada has also issued a Level 2 travel advisory: “A Level 2 Travel Health Notice indicates an increased risk for travelers or certain groups of travelers (e.g. pregnant women, vacationers, people visiting friends and relatives). ) and reminds them to take heightened health precautions,” while Belgium announces that travelers with monkeypox will have to be quarantined for 21 days or until their ulcers are subsidized.
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The good news (or the bad, depending on how you look at it): the Tier 2 difference puts monkeypox in the same category as yellow fever in Nigeria and Ghana and polio in other countries, including Uganda and Senegal, as Sara points out. Kuta. . In other words, this is not really a COVID situation. But that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be careful when it comes to travel. At the time of writing, there are 1200 confirmed cases of monkeypox worldwide, with over 100 confirmed cases in Spain, Portugal, Germany and Canada and over 300 cases in the UK. There are 39 confirmed cases in the US so far.
According to the CDC warning, travelers should:
- Avoid close contact (including sexual contact) with sick people or people with rashes and contaminated objects.
- wash your hands
- Avoid [wild] animals while traveling
To the uninitiated, monkeypox is not a new virus like SARS-CoV-2. Regarding the last CDC point, it is not uncommon for humans to contract monkeypox from animals, especially rodents. In fact, according to the CDC website, this has been going on for decades. The first two outbreaks of the pore-like disease in monkey colonies held for research (i.e. a monkeysmallpox) occurred in 1958—twelve years later, in 1970, the first case of monkeypox in humans was reported in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, with symptoms such as a distinct bumpy rash, fever, headache, and muscle pain.
And it’s not uncommon for travelers to contract monkeypox. According to USA today, several people arrive in the US and Europe each year with monkeypox. However, the difference now lies in a higher person-to-person transmission rate, which has not been seen before.
According to the World Health Organization, this particular strand of the virus is transmitted through “close contact with lesions, bodily fluids, respiratory droplets, and contaminated materials such as bedding.” In addition, judging by several confirmed cases, the virus is transmitted sexually. In other words, you probably don’t…