The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have issued a warning about the potential risk of a resurgence of monkeypox in the United States this summer. According to the CDC, there is evidence to suggest that the virus may be circulating among animals, particularly prairie dogs, in certain parts of the country.
Monkeypox is a rare disease that is similar to smallpox, but less severe. It was first discovered in 1958 in monkeys, and later found to also affect humans. The disease causes fever, headache, muscle aches, backache, swollen lymph nodes, chills, and exhaustion. A rash then develops, often starting on the face and then spreading to other parts of the body. Most people recover within a few weeks, but in some cases the disease can be fatal.
Since 2003, when the last outbreak of monkeypox occurred in the United States, there have been sporadic cases that were linked to travel to countries where the disease is more common, such as Nigeria. However, the current warning from the CDC suggests that there may be a risk of locally acquired cases in certain areas of the country.
The CDC is urging people to take precautions to avoid exposure to the virus. This includes avoiding contact with wild animals, particularly prairie dogs, and practicing good hygiene, such as washing hands frequently. People who develop symptoms of monkeypox should seek medical attention immediately.
It is important to note that monkeypox is not easily transmitted between humans, and transmission requires close contact with an infected person’s bodily fluids or contaminated objects. Still, the CDC warns that the potential for a resurgence of the disease cannot be ignored.
In response to the warning, public health officials are closely monitoring the situation and working to prevent the spread of the disease. They are also urging people to stay informed and take necessary precautions to protect themselves and their communities.