Outbreaks of monkeypox in Europe and North America have been growing rapidly in recent weeks and are expected to spread as more and.
There are growing concerns about the spread of the disease through international travel, whether concerns ultimately result in travel-related bans. Although the disease rarely kills people, it has encouraged some countries to introduce preventive measures and bans to prevent it from spreading.
Which countries are affected by the monkeypox?
Since the first reported case from the United Kingdom on May 7, monkeypox has spread to North America, Europe and Australia.
The virus has now been confirmed in 16 countries outside Africa.
• According to the World Health Organization, about 200 confirmed cases and more than 100 cases of suspected smallpox have been detected outside the countries where they commonly occur.
• The European Union has confirmed 118 cases of monkeypox; The United Kingdom confirmed 90 cases; and the US confirmed 9 cases and two confirmed cases of monkeypox were reported in Australia.
What can travelers do to avoid monkeypox?
Travelers can protect themselves from infection by performing the following steps.
Avoid close contact (including sexual intercourse) with patients and contaminated objects
• Do not kiss, cuddle or touch.
• Do not share kitchen utensils or cups. Do not touch the sick person's bed or clothing.
Wash your hands
• Wash your hands frequently with soap and water. Without soap and water, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol.
• Keep your hands away from your eyes, nose, and mouth. If you need to touch your face, make sure your hands are clean.
Wear a mask
• Wearing a mask can help protect you from many diseases, including monkeypox.
Avoid animals when traveling
• Don’t touch live or dead wild animals.
• Do not touch or eat products that come from wild animals.
• Do not touch materials used by animals, such as beds.