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CDC Updates Alert to Monkeypox virus

The Us Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) increased alert level of the monkeypox in us to a level 2 encouraging people to “practice enhanced precautions”.

CDC is urging healthcare providers in the U.S. to be alert for patients who have rash illnesses consistent with monkeypox, regardless of whether they have travel or specific risk factors for monkeypox and regardless of gender or sexual orientation.

– CDC website

The following key points from the CNBC website:

  • “The CDC has ramped up its monkeypox alert to level 2 and encouraged people to “practice enhanced precautions” to stem the recent outbreak.
  • “The new guidance includes avoiding close contact with sick animals and people, especially those with skin lesions.
  • “As of Monday, 1,019 confirmed and suspected cases of monkeypox have so far been reported in 29 countries, according to the public health body.

As of last Monday, there are 1,019 confirmed and suspected cases of mokeypox in the 29 countries, the CDC writes. According to CNBC breakdown of these cases, UK has the highest 302 followed by Spain (198 case), Portugal (153 cases) and Canada (80).

Health experts around the world are examining clues to the sources of the outbreak, like travelers from the endemic countries. The World Health Organization (WHO) monkeypox lead scientist reportedly said “the virus could have been transmitting undetected within nonendemic countries for ‘weeks, months or possibly a couple of years‘.”

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