Just when you thought it was safe to travel again, another new outbreak has reared its ugly head. As the world finally returns to normal after two years of COVID-19 hysteria, monkeypox has emerged to spoil the party. The CDC is now urging travelers to take extra precautions to prevent the spread of the deadly virus.
A level 2 health notice was issued by the Centers for Disease Control recently. Reports of monkeypox outbreaks have been confirmed in Europe, North America, and Australia. The WHO says there are various ways the disease can spread.
“[The] monkeypox virus is transmitted from one person to another by close contact with lesions, body fluids, respiratory droplets and contaminated materials such as bedding.”
NBC News reported the latest outbreak in Europe was caused by two raves held in Spain and Belgium. Sexual activity among attendees caused the virus to spread. Thus far, more than 90 cases have been identified around the world.
Monkeypox was previously undetected outside of Africa, where wild rodents and primates infect their human hosts. Now, travelers are being asked to exercise extreme caution when interacting with strangers. The last thing we need is another pandemic.
Fortunately, monkeypox is much harder to spread than COVID-19. Practicing safer sex and avoiding contact with sick people can go a long way toward curbing the latest outbreak. There is plenty of reason for concern, but we are far from the level of panic.
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