CDC: Travelers must take strict measures due to spread of monkeypox

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 2 Alert for travelers to take aggressive precautions against the spread of monkeypox, after cases were reported in 30 countries.

Among the measures, they recommend avoiding close contact with patients, including those with skin or genital lesions, with dead or live wild animals such as small mammals, including rodents (rats and squirrels) and monkeys.

Also avoid eating or preparing wild game meat or using products derived from African wild animals such as creams, lotions and powders.

Avoid contact with contaminated materials used by patients (such as clothing, bedding, or materials used in health care settings) or that have come into contact with infected animals.

The CDC said the risk to the general public is low, but you should seek medical attention immediately if you develop a new, unexplained rash like lesions anywhere on the body, with or without fever and chills, and avoid contact with other people. .

If possible, call ahead before going to the health care facility. If you cannot call ahead, tell a member of staff as soon as you arrive that you are concerned about monkeypox.

Tell your doctor if in the month prior to the onset of symptoms: you have been in contact with someone who may have monkeypox, you are a man who has had intimate contact with other men.

If you are in an area where monkeypox has been reported or in an area where monkeypox is more common such as the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Republic of the Congo, Nigeria, Central African Republic, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Gabon, Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Sudan, according to the CDC.

If you are sick and possibly have monkeypox, delay travel on public transportation until you have been cleared by a healthcare professional or public health officials.

The CDC has three types of alert levels: 1 where it is recommended to exercise usual precautions, 2 to take extreme precautions and 3 to avoid non-essential travel.

This story was originally published June 8, 2022 3:57 pm

Journalist and editor specializing in Latin America and judicial, commercial and domestic issues relating to Latin American society. Much of his career was developed in international news agencies. Her research work, Migration to Death: The Killing of Venezuelans in Latin America, has been awarded the 2019 FSNE and SPJ Sunshine State Awards.

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