Outbreak of monkeypox in Democratic Republic of the Congo

At least 20 suspected cases of monkeypox cases have been reported since the beginning of the week in Tshuapa district. Eighteen of the cases are hospitalized in the town of Ikela.

Advice For Travellers

Monkeypox is a relatively rare disease caused by the virus with the same name, which is found primarily in central and western Africa. This virus is closely related to the smallpox virus (variola), the virus used in the smallpox vaccine (vaccinia), and the cowpox virus. Infection with monkeypox is not as serious as smallpox; however, human
deaths have been attributed to monkeypox.

The risk for the general traveller is very low since infection occurs when people are bitten by an infected animal or who have contact with the animal's rash, blood or body fluids.