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Monkeypox cases have reached an all-time high. The virus is now reported to affect over 1,000 people across the globe, which prompted the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to widen alerts about precautions that should be taken as well as guidance they provide patients who may come into contact with Monkeypox infected individuals or animals.
According to the CDC, travelers should take precautions when traveling, such as wearing facemasks and following the guidelines laid out by health officials to stem the outbreak.
The CDC has ordered a rise in alert level 2 to counter the spread of Monkeypox.
Authorities report that the virus has spread to 29 countries where it’s not endemic. Officials at the CDC have also impressed upon the public that nonessential travel would be banned if the alert level is raised to another level.
Although the risk of the virus is low, the CDC is still recommending people avoid close contact with sick people or those who have skin lesions.
The CDC has also advised people who have Monkeypox symptoms like rashes, lesions and fever or cough to immediately notify their doctor.
Monkeypox is an infectious disease that affects both humans and animals. The virus came from Africa, particularly in West and Central Africa. But recently, it has been reported to occur with outbreaks across North America, Australia, and Europe, sending alarms to several health organizations.
When infected with the virus, an individual may experience fever, headaches, rashes, muscle aches, back pain, and swelling.
On Monday, there were 1,019 suspected and confirmed cases of Monkeypox from 29 countries.
Among the countries, the U.K. recorded the highest cases with 302. Spain then followed the list with 198, and Portugal had 153. Canada followed with 80 cases.
Eyal Leshem, a professor and infectious disease specialist at Israel’s Sheba Medical Center, said, “Diseases that were locally spread are now able to make their way across countries and continents much more easily.”
“Meanwhile, interaction between humans and animals has also amplified. Climate change has forced some animals into closer contact with humans, you will see more of these types of diseases.”
The United States has 36,000 doses of vaccine against Monkeypox and plans to distribute them to high-risk individuals.
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