Monkeypox alert! US CDC issues advisory as cases rise. All you need to know

With nearly 800 cases of monkeypox reported from 27 countries, including the United States, the US CDC recently issued a warning to monitor the spread of the virus. The CDC urged all health care providers to be alert to patients with monkeypox-like rashes, regardless of whether they have travel or specific risk factors for the virus. The agency also said it is following multiple cases of monkeypox reported in several countries that normally do not report it.

It’s not clear how the people were exposed to monkeypox, but early data suggests that gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men make up a large number of cases. However, anyone who has been in close contact with someone who has monkey pox is at risk, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said in an official statement.

It is currently working with state and local health officials to identify people who may have come into contact with individuals who have tested positive for monkeypox so that they can monitor their health, the report said.

US CDC issues Monkeypox advice: Everything you need to know

Anyone with a rash that looks like monkey pox should talk to their healthcare provider, even if they don’t think they’ve had contact with someone who has monkey pox, the CDC said.

People at risk of developing a Monkeypox infection

  • Have had contact with someone who has a rash similar to monkeypox or someone who has been diagnosed with confirmed or probable monkeypox
  • Had skin-to-skin contact with someone in a social network who experienced monkeypox activity, this includes men having sex with men meeting partners through an online website, digital application, or social event
  • Traveled outside the US to a country with confirmed cases of monkeypox or where monkeypox activity is ongoing
  • Had contact with a dead or living wild animal or exotic pet native to Africa or used a product derived from such animals

What are the symptoms of Monkeypox?

In humans, the symptoms of monkeypox are similar to, but milder than, the symptoms of smallpox. It starts with fever, headache, muscle aches and exhaustion.

The main difference between the symptoms of smallpox and monkeypox is that monkeypox causes the lymph nodes to swell while smallpox does not. The incubation period for monkeypox is usually 7-14 days, but can range from 5-21 days.

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