Monkeypox outbreak in Mingala , Central African Republic

There are reports of an outbreak of monkeypox involving 14 patients and 1 death in the Sub-prefecture of Mingala.

Advice For Travellers

Travellers are at low risk of exposure since monkeypox is a relatively rare disease caused by a virus that is closely related to the smallpox virus. Infection with monkeypox is not as serious as smallpox, but human deaths have occurred. The virus is transmitted through the bite of infected rodents or by person to person through respiratory droplets or direct contact with an infected person.

The symptoms of monkeypox include fever, headache, muscle aches, backaches, swollen lymph nodes and a fluid filled rash, starting on the face. Eventually, the rash becomes crusty and the scabs will fall off. The illness usually lasts for 2 to 4 weeks.