CDC’s travel advisory on monkeypox: ‘Practice enhanced precautions’

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(CNN) – U.S. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has an “Alert – Level 2” advisory for tourists as they study the “increased precautions” for the spread of the disease. MonkeypoxA rare disease that is a cousin of smallpox.

On its advisory, the CDC said “the risk to the general population is low, but if you have new, fuzzy skin rashes (lesions on any part of the body) with or without fever and cold, you should seek immediate medical attention.”

The CDC has three types of levels that it can issue as cases have been reported in dozens of places. Layers are:

View – Level 1: Study the general precautions
Warning – Level 2: Practice advanced precautions
Warning – Level 3: Avoid unnecessary travel

Level 2 Precautions

The CDC has the following recommendations for tourists as we are in Level 2:

Avoid close contact with sick people, including those with skin or genital lesions.

Avoid contact with dead or live wild animals. These include rats and monkeys such as rats and squirrels and inhumane primates like monkeys and monkeys.

Avoid eating or preparing meat from wild game or using products derived from wild animals of Africa such as creams, lotions and powders.

ટા Avoid contact with contaminated materials used by sick people, such as clothing, bedding or materials used in healthcare settings or materials that come in contact with infected animals.

Where Monkeypox has been reported

The Eiffel Tower in Paris.  France is one of the places where cases of monkeypox have been reported.

The Eiffel Tower in Paris. France is one of the places where cases of monkeypox have been reported.

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Confirmed cases of monkeypox, usually associated with tropical Africa, are now global. The CDC says cases have been reported in Europe, North America, South America, North Africa, the Middle East and Australia.

Here is the CDC list of destinations with confirmed cases as of June 6:

Argentina
Australia
Austria
Belgium
Canada
Czech Republic
Denmark
England
Finland
France
Germany
બ Gibraltar
Hungary
Ireland
Israel
Italy
Latvia
Malta
Mexico
Morocco
The Netherlands
In Northern Ireland
Norway
Portugal
Scotland
Slovenia
Spain
Sweden
Switzerland
United Arab Emirates
United States
Wales

The United Kingdom (England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland), Spain and Portugal have the highest number of cases so far, with more than 100 cases each as of June 6. In all other places, less than 100 cases have been reported till June 6. Click here To view the current CDC Global Outbreak Map.

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Symptoms of monkeypox

The CDC said the incubation period is seven to 14 days. Early symptoms are usually flu-like, such as fever, chills, fatigue, headache, and muscle weakness, followed by swelling of the lymph nodes, which help the body fight infection and disease.

“What distinguishes monkeypox infection from smallpox infection is the development of swollen lymph nodes,” the CDC said.

Next are extensive spots on the face and body, including the inside of the mouth and the palms of the hands and the soles of the feet. It can also spread to the genital areas.

Painful, raised pustules are pearly and fluid-filled, often surrounded by red circles. The lesions eventually scab and heal in a period of two to three weeks, the CDC said.

What to do if you get sick

The CDC says avoid contact with others first. Other advice:

“If possible, call ahead before going to the healthcare facility. If you can’t call ahead, tell the staff member as soon as you arrive that you are concerned about monkeypox.”

The CDC says that in the first month before symptoms appear, you should tell your doctor if any of the following are true:

You came in contact with a person who may have had monkeypox.

You are a man who has had close contact (including sex) with other men.

You were in an area where monkeypox has been reported, or in areas where monkeypox is more common (Cameroon, Central African Republic, Cote d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Gabon, Liberia, Nigeria, Republic of Congo, and Congo). ).

If you are sick and may get monkeypox, the CDC says to delay travel by public transport unless you have been approved by a healthcare professional or public health official.

CNN’s Sandy Lamote contributed to this article from previous reporting.

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