The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advised travelers to wear masks as it confirms that there are now 31 cases of monkeypox in 13 states in the United States.
Monkeypox is now found in 27 countries around the world, and on Monday the threat level rose to two in three – “practice enhanced precautions.”
The first level is “Practice Usual Precautions”; The third level is classified as “avoiding non-essential travel”.
The CDC says travelers should avoid close contact with sick people, including those with skin or genital lesions, and stay away from live or dead wild animals including rats, squirrels and monkeys.
The CDC says: “Avoid eating or preparing meat from wild game meat or using products derived from wild animals from Africa (creams, lotions, powders), and also recommends that travelers avoid contaminated items such as clothing or bedding.
They say, “Wear a mask.”
Wearing a mask can help protect you from many diseases, including monkeypox.
The CDC now recommends that travelers wear masks to combat the spread of monkeypox
New York has seven cases, and California has six.
Florida has four, and Colorado has three. Two cases were reported in Illinois and Utah, while one was confirmed in the capital, Georgia, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Washington.
On Sunday, the first positive case was reported in a Washington resident who had recently traveled to Europe, according to health officials in the nation’s capital.
Officials said in the statement that the infected person is subject to isolation and close contacts are being informed. Officials said there was no threat to the public from this individual.
Symptoms of the disease include muscle aches, fever, and headache, followed by a rash or lesions. The World Health Organization says that between three and six percent of reported cases have resulted in death, in countries where the virus is endemic.
On June 4, the World Health Organization, in its latest update, stated: “As of June 2, 2022, there have been no deaths associated with the current outbreak of monkeypox in non-endemic countries, however, cases and deaths are still reported from endemic countries. “.
Anyone experiencing symptoms is asked to contact their health care provider and seek medical attention.
Possible cases of the virus have also been confirmed in Atlanta and San Francisco among people who have recently traveled to areas where the virus is common.
The first positive case in the United States came on May 18 when it was detected in a person who had recently returned from Canada.
Two different strains have been found in the United States, with the vast majority of cases identical to the same strain that has been found across Europe in recent weeks.
Both strains are of the less severe West African type. Two different strains indicate that there were multiple animal-to-human transmissions of the virus that eventually led to cases in the United States.
There are now 31 cases of monkeypox in 13 states in the United States
Raj Punjabi, senior director of the White House’s Division of Global Health Security and Biodefense, said on June 4 that 1,200 vaccines and 100 treatment courses had been delivered to US states, where they were shown to close contacts of infected people.
There are currently two approved vaccines: ACAM2000 and JYNNEOS, originally developed against smallpox.
Although smallpox has been eradicated, the United States keeps vaccines in a strategic national reserve in case they are deployed as a biological weapon.
JYNNEOS is the newer of the two vaccines, with fewer side effects.
The World Health Organization has reported 780 cases of monkeypox worldwide as of June 5, reports the BBC.
That’s nearly triple the 257 cases the agency reported a week ago.
This figure does not include central and western Africa, where the disease is most common.
The majority of new cases are in North America and Europe, with the UK leading the way with 207 cases followed by Spain with 156
The World Health Organization has reported 780 cases of monkeypox worldwide as of June 5
“It is very likely that other countries will identify cases and there will be further spread of the virus,” the World Health Organization said in its report.
The majority of new cases are in North America and Europe, with the UK leading the way with 207 cases followed by Spain with 156.
Earlier this week, a World Health Organization official said at a press conference that it is possible that monkeypox has been spreading outside Central and West Africa without being reported for years.
“There may have been transmission that went undetected for a while,” said Rosamund Lewis, WHO’s monkeypox technical officer. What we don’t know is how long that may have been. We don’t know if it’s weeks, months, or maybe two years.
‘How long have these viruses gone under the radar?’ Marc van Ranst, professor of virology at the University of Leuven in Belgium, told NBC News. I guess nobody thought this jumped out of Africa a couple of weeks ago.
The earliest monkeypox to arrive in the capital was Northern Virginia where a woman tested positive for the disease on May 26.
The Virginia Department of Health said in a statement that the woman had recently traveled to “an African country where the disease is known to occur.”
Monkeypox is generally transmitted through contact with body fluids or person-to-person contact resulting from the disease.
In rare cases, the virus is transmitted through respiratory droplets and face-to-face contact as well as from contaminated items such as bedding or clothing.
WHO urges fewer sexual partners to help fight monkeypox
The World Health Organization urged on Wednesday to reduce the number of their sexual partners to help combat the spread of monkeypox.
Dr Hans Kluge, head of the European department at the World Health Organization, warned that the current outbreak of tropical disease “may not be containable”.
He warned that Europe has become a new epicenter of the virus, with the outbreak linked to sexual transmission at parties and festivals on the continent.
Dr Kluge insisted the virus “would not require the same population-wide measures” as Covid, but said “significant and urgent” measures were needed to prevent more cases.
He added that while cases are concentrated in men who have sex with men, there is nothing to prevent them from spreading to other groups.