The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention raised the monkeypox travel warning to level 2, advising people to take “strengthened precautions” but then backtracked on their advice to wear a mask.
The CDC on Monday said the risk of contracting monkeypox to the general public is low and initially advised travelers to wear a mask. Cases of monkeypox worldwide have exceeded 1,000, but only 30 cases have been reported in the US.
The agency later removed the mask recommendation from its Monkeypox Health Notice because it caused confusion, a spokeswoman said in an email. Barrons.
“In countries currently experiencing a monkeypox outbreak, the CDC continues to recommend wearing a mask in high-risk situations, including for household contacts and healthcare workers or others who may be in close contact with a person who has confirmed monkeypox “. a spokeswoman said on Tuesday.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has advised individuals who develop unexplained skin rashes or lesions with or without fever and chills to avoid contact with other people. The agency also advised travelers to avoid close contact with sick people as well as wild animals.
Monkeypox is a rare disease caused by the monkeypox virus. It usually occurs in Central and West Africa, often near rainforests, according to the CDC.
The illness usually begins with flu-like symptoms, including fever, body aches, chills, and swollen lymph nodes in various parts of the body. Within one to three days of the fever, the patient usually develops a rash that first appears on the face. The lesions then spread to other parts of the body. Monkeypox typically lasts two to four weeks, according to the CDC.
Dr. Monica Gandhi, an infectious disease physician and professor of medicine at UC San Francisco/San Francisco General Hospital said she is glad the CDC has rescinded its mask recommendation.
“We want to warn of any new outbreak,” Gandhi said. However, monkeypox “does not pose a high risk to the general population, and there is no evidence that masks are necessary for all people to prevent it.”
According to Gandhi, the disease is not airborne or spread by casual contact. It was related to sexual contact. Many of the current cases have been found in men aged 30 to 55 who have had sex with men.
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