Michigan (WNEM) – A new travel advisory for Americans has been issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as the mysterious outbreak of monkeypox continues to spread.
The CDC has issued a level two alert notice for all travelers, meaning they should take heightened precautions while at airports and on an airplane.
“It’s good to educate us all. Educate travelers about the risk, which so far is low, but it is there,” said infectious disease expert Dr Nicholas Haddad.
Haddad said there were 31 cases in the United States and zero in Michigan. He said monkeypox is not new, but its transmission from person to person is – especially in one demographic.
“Due to the current link with monkeypox in men who have sex with men, it is important to exercise caution when embarking on any form of sexual expedition. Make sure their partners are safe, make sure their partners are known. A lot of these cases have been reported in men who have partners retrieved through apps or online resources where they don’t know them and then they get it from them,” Haddad said.
Haddad said it’s not known why monkeypox is able to spread from person to person.
He is quick to point out that monkeypox is not airborne. It is transmitted by prolonged intimate contact.
The CDC advises everyone to avoid close contact with sick people, to stay away from wild animals, and not to eat wild animal meat or use wild animal products from Africa.
Haddad predicts that the number of monkeypox cases will increase.
“I don’t know if we should be worried about it. But of course we have to be vigilant and careful,” Haddad said.
According to the CDC, there are more than 1,000 cases of monkeypox worldwide.
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