CDC Monkeypox Alert – Guidelines for the General Public & Travel – 2022
CDC Monkeypox alert – Since November 2019, the first day of the spread of the novel coronavirus, the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has proved its importance in the life of Americans. With the help of federal funding, the CDC is doing a tremendous job of ensuring the safety of Americans.
Similarly, The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has also started focusing on the latest outbreak of monkeypox in Europe and other developed countries.
Recently, the CDC issued a statement in which they mentioned that the existing smallpox vaccine is at least 85% effective in monkeypox also as both the viruses are closely related.
The virus has been spreading at a rapid speed in European countries, and the United States has also recorded at least one confirmed case and four suspected cases of monkeypox in states like New York, Florida, and Utah.
There is no doubt that monkeypox is not as infectious as coronavirus is, but to ensure the safety of yourself and your family, everyone needs to understand the latest CDC guidelines.
CDC monkeypox guidelines
In the latest press release, The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued a warning to every American traveler. The CDC has asked every traveler to practice enhanced precautions this week due to the spread of the monkeypox virus around the globe.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have also pushed the monkeypox to level two alert, where Americans should practice enhanced precautions. A few days ago, Monkeypox was in level one, where everyone was recommended to practice usual precautions.
At this time, traveling to countries like Spain, the United Kingdom, Sweden, Australia, Germany, Israel, and Italy is very risky business due to the latest spread of the monkeypox virus in these countries.
All of these countries do not report cases of monkeypox. Most cases of monkeypox are reported by African countries. It is a new situation, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have issued the latest travel guidelines.
Every traveler must follow these guidelines to ensure their found safety and the safety of their family.
- Every traveler must avoid getting in contact with dead or live wild animals such as small mammals. Travelers should also be very careful while getting in contact with rats, squirrels, and nonhuman primates.
- Apart from that, everyone should be very careful while eating or preparing meat from the wild game, such as bushmeat.
- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has also recommended avoiding using any product derived from wild animals from Africa.
- Every traveler must avoid getting in touch with any sick person over those who have skin lesions or genital lesions.
At the same time, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has also requested every traveler not to get in contact with contaminated materials used by sick people, including clothing, bedding, Etc.
Guidelines for the general public
Along with the guidelines for travelers, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have also updated special guidelines for the general public. Every citizen of the United States must follow these guidelines to ensure their safety and the safety of their friends and family.
- Even though the risk of monkeypox to the general public is very low, you should immediately seek medical care if you develop any unexplained skin rash, with or without fever.
- In case you or your family member develop an unexplained skin rash, then kindly avoid contacting any other member of the family and isolate yourself as early as possible.
- You should never directly visit any healthcare facility, and you are advised to call the healthcare facility before you visit for your unexplained skin rash.
- You should tell everything related to the cause of monkeypox to your doctor.
Finally, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend that everyone avoid traveling by public transportation until they have been cleared for monkeypox by a health care professional. It is very important for your safety and the safety of your friends and family.
Is Monkeypox Deadly?
Now, the big question is, how deadly is the monkeypox virus? There is no doubt that the United States is still struggling with coronavirus that started 2 1/2 years ago. Recently, most health experts claim that the United States is suffering from the 6th wave of coronavirus as the daily cases of COVID-19 have reached more than 150,000 each day.
A few years ago, especially in African countries, the mortality rate of monkeypox was between zero to 11% in the general population. At the same time, patients at a young age experienced a higher mortality rate.
In recent times, the dumb mortality rate of 11% has dropped to 3 to 6%. At the same time, the virus can also cause serious health problems. All immune-compromised people must take good care of their health as they are the most vulnerable category as per the Centers for Disease Control and prevention.
Apart from that, people who are suffering from certain skin conditions like eczema are also more vulnerable to monkeypox than any other category.
Monkeypox can develop lesions on the body, and these lesions can even damage your vision. Lastly, monkeypox can also cause your lymph nodes to swell, which can result in difficulty in breathing.
If you are experiencing any symptoms related to monkeypox, then you should consult with your doctor by making an appointment. If you are not able to contact your doctor before your meeting, then tell the hospital staff as soon as you reach.
How many cases of monkeypox are in the United States?
Till now, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have released the data point where we can see one confirmed case of monkeypox and four suspected cases in states like Utah, Florida, and New York.