Monkeypox: The United States has raised the alert level for international travel

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Monkeypox: The United States has raised the alert level for international travel

The United States has moved to alert level 2 for monkeypox – Photo Reuter

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The US Center for Disease Control and Prevention raised the alert level on Wednesday by increasing cases of so -called monkeypox and continued on “Level 2” which means asking travelers to “avoid close contact with sick people, including those with skin lesions or genital lesions; contact with dead or living wild animals.”

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In addition, the entity called not to eat or prepare wild game meat (meat from wild animals) or use products derived from wild animals from Africa (creams, lotions, powders); avoid contact with contaminated materials used by sick people (such as clothing, blankets, or materials used in health care settings) or contact with infected animals.

While the disease is characteristic of central and west Africa, the CDC said none of those who fell ill with the current outbreak reported visiting countries where it is endemic, such as the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Nigeria.

He added that while the “risk to the general public is low,” travelers should “seek medical attention immediately if they develop a new, unexplained skin rash (sores anywhere on the body), have fever and chills or no fever, and avoid contact with others. “

The UK recommendation for monkeypox

On Monday, London recommended a 21 days separation for people at risk of developing the disease.

The request was made by the United Kingdom Health Security Agency (UKHSA, for its acronym in English) for everyone who has had direct contact with a confirmed case of monkeypox.

Symptoms include fever, muscle aches, fatigue, swelling of the lymph nodes, and rash.

The UKHSA also recommended on Monday that those who come in contact with someone with this disease facilitate their interaction, do not travel and avoid anything close to pregnant women or children under 12 years of age.

Monkeypox is spreading to the population without experts being able to establish a direct link in countries where this virus is considered endemic.

According to experts, people most at risk of infection are those who have physical contact with an infected person and have symptoms.

For its part, the UN Program focused on HIV, Onusida, warns of its concern about “representations that reinforce homophobic and racist stereotypes” through descriptions made of LGBTIQ+ and African people associated with them in cases of monkeypox, a disease that can affect anyone.


Source: Clarin

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