Travelers may need to wear face masks again and follow more health measures as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) raised its alert level for monkeypox to Level 2.
This is quite ridiculous since Monkeypox is mostly transmitted through sexual interactions.
Since March, the disease has been spreading across the globe with symptoms that begin with the flu, followed by swelling of lymph nodes and a rash across the body and face. Then, painful lesions form around the rash area, causing scars. Fortunately, monkeypox is not as dangerous as COVID-19, the NY Post reported.
“Cases of monkeypox have been reported in Europe, North America, South America, Africa, Asia, and Australia,” the CDC wrote in its alert.
“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,” it added.
According to Dr Amesh Adalja, the disease that resembles sexually transmitted infection (STI) may spread in Western countries undetected. Some STIs have the same symptoms as monkeypox.
“What’s likely happened is an endemic infectious disease from Africa found its way into a social and sexual network and then was greatly aided by major amplification events, like raves in Belgium, to disseminate around the world,” Adalja told NBC News.
Meanwhile, the number of monkeypox cases in the U.S. has reached 12, with a second case reported in Colorado.
Colorado’s Department of Public Health and Environment assured the public through its press release saying that the risk of catching the virus remains low.
“The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment Public Health Laboratory has confirmed a second presumptive monkeypox case and is awaiting CDC confirmation. The person who acquired the virus was a close contact of a person known to public health as a presumptive case of monkeypox and is cooperating with state and local public health epidemiologists who are investigating and notifying people who may have been exposed,” the press release read.
According to Fox News, the patient with the virus is a young adult male who got treated in the Denver area and is now isolated and recovering at home.