Travelers Health : Mpox in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)
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Travelers Health : Mpox in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)

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    Level 2 - Practice Enhanced Precautions

    Key points

    • There is an outbreak of mpox in 22 out of 26 provinces, including urban areas, in the DRC (see map).

    • Person-to-person transmission has occurred during this outbreak, including through sexual contact, household contact, and within the healthcare setting.

    • Vaccination against mpox is recommended for people with certain risk factors.

    • Travelers should:

    - Avoid close contact with sick people, including those with skin lesions or genital lesions.

    - Avoid contact with contaminated materials used by sick people (such as clothing, bedding, or materials used in healthcare settings) or that came into contact with infected animals.

    - Avoid contact with dead or live wild animals, such as small mammals including rodents (rats, squirrels) and non-human primates (monkeys, apes).

    - Avoid eating or preparing meat from wild game (bushmeat) or using products derived from wild animals from endemic countries throughout Central and West Africa (creams, lotions, powders).

    • Seek medical care immediately if you develop new, unexplained skin rash (lesions on any part of the body), with or without fever and chills, and avoid contact with others.

    • Tell your doctor if you traveled to the DRC in the month before developing symptoms.

    • If you are sick and could have mpox, follow isolation and infection control measures at home and during travel. See additional information about what to do if you are sick with mpox.

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