After an increase in monkeypox cases, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention raised its alert level to level 2. They recommend that travelers wear masks. New York Post.
Monday’s announcement by the CDC came as the virus spread around the world since March, when the first cases were reported from Africa. The Post reported that the CDC had made the announcement.
“Cases of monkeypox have been reported in Europe, North America, South America, Africa, Asia, and Australia,”The CDC made a statement. “Some cases were reported among men who have sex with men. Some cases were also reported in people who live in the same household as an infected person.”
Since May, there have been over 1,000 cases of monkeypox reported to the World Health Organization. 29 countries have reported cases, but no deaths. Reuters.
According to the CDC, there are approximately “symptoms of monkeypox are similar to but milder than the symptoms of smallpox. Monkeypox begins with fever, headache, muscle aches, and exhaustion. The main difference between symptoms of smallpox and monkeypox is that monkeypox causes lymph nodes to swell (lymphadenopathy) while smallpox does not. The incubation period (time from infection to symptoms) for monkeypox is usually 7−14 days but can range from 5−21 days.”
According to the CDC, fevers can last from one to three days. “the patient develops a rash, often beginning on the face then spreading to other parts of the body.”
Lesions then form and eventually fall off, the CDC says.
The illness typically lasts for 2−4 weeks.
According to the CDC, monkeypox can be spread from infected animals, infected persons, and materials contaminated by the virus.
According to CDC, the illness spreads mainly through direct contact with infected sores, scabs or bodily fluids.