September 26, 2022
Monkeypox: CDC's new warning level explained

(NewsNation) — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) elevated their travel advisory for monkeypox after more cases were confirmed around the world.

Monica Gandhi, an infectious disease specialist, told “NewsNation Prime” on Monday that the risk to most people remains low because researchers believe prolonged intimate contact is necessary to spread the disease.

“That’s probably from close skin-to-skin contact and also the very close respiratory contact that happens during sexual activity,” Gandhi said. “It’s definitely not airborne, and it takes a lot of contact to get it, which is why we don’t think it’s a major risk to the general population.”

There is a vaccine for the virus, but it’s not widely distributed since it was originally created to combat smallpox, which has been eradicated for decades. Gandhi says close contacts of confirmed cases should look into getting the shot, but the rest of the population should be OK without it.

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