San Francisco and New York City Declare Monkeypox Health Emergency: What Travelers Need to Know

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First COVID-19, now monkeypox, there seems to be a new global health emergency happening more often than ever before. Last week, authorities in San Francisco and New York declared a monkeypox health emergency due to an increase in cases.

The San Francisco mayor’s office said Thursday there were 261 confirmed cases in the city, 799 in the state of California and more than 4,600 in the United States.

On Saturday, Mayor Eric Adams and Dr. Ashwin Vasan, commissioner of the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, said, “We estimate that approximately 150,000 New Yorkers could currently be at risk for monkeypox exposure.”

Although monkeypox is not an airborne disease and does not spread as easily as COVID-19, travelers should take precautions and stay tuned. Not only to protect their own health, but also because travel advisories are changing.

Canada previously issued a monkeypox travel advisory to Canadians abroad in June and warned travelers of more than 20 countries – including the United States and popular destinations such as Mexico, France and Italy – and shared recommendations to prevent the disease.

A PCR test for Monkeypox has already been created and used to detect the virus. Vaccines are also available at some medical centers in the United States.

What travelers need to know about Monkeypox

The San Francisco Department of Public Health has recommended citizens visit an online platform with relevant information about the virus. At the top of the page it says: “Monkey pox is spread by close contact. You should see a doctor if you think you have it”.

Travelers should first know how Monkeypox spreads, according to official information shared and CDC data. Here are the main risk situations:

  • Intimate contact: sex, kisses and hugs.
  • Sharing clothes, towels or bedding.
  • Breathe very closely or come into contact with respiratory secretions.

The main symptoms are flu-like at first and a distinctive rash or patches that look like pimples or blisters and can appear anywhere on the body. Most people recover within a few days, but others may have severe symptoms and need urgent medical attention.

Those who think they might have the virus or who have been in contact with someone with the virus should go to a health center, avoid physical contact with others, cover their skin and get tested.

There is still a lot of information being researched and cases being investigated. Health experts are still uncovering contagious possibilities and treatments, and people on social media have complained about not receiving proper attention at health centers.

Travelers should take precautions, especially when visiting cities with increasing cases of monkeypox such as San Francisco or New York.

Visit San Francisco or New York

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San Francisco and New York are both fascinating cities and there is so much to do. However, now that a health emergency has been declared for both destinations, those interested in visiting should try to remain cautious.

Both cities are usually crowded. New York expects to receive a total of 56 million visitors this year, and as of Friday, 1,289 cases have been confirmed in New York.

San Francisco, on the other hand, was considered the city with the highest number of cases in California. City health worker Susan Philip said: ‘San Francisco is the epicenter of the country. Thirty percent of all cases in California are in San Francisco. »

The chances of spread are higher in these places and visitors should heed the CDC’s top recommendations for travelers to prevent Monkeypox:

  • Avoid close contact, including intimate contact, with people who have a rash or feel sick.
  • Avoid touching personal items like clothing and bedding, and don’t share utensils and cups with a sick person.
  • Always wash your hands with soap and use a sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid touching animals or objects used by animals.
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