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As Monkeypox Cases Rise in US, CDC Issues New Guidelines

Amid rising cases of monkeypox in the US, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released new guidelines on how to identify the virus.

The CDC advised that there were at least 72 reported cases of monkeypox in 18 states in the United States last month with 19 confirmed cases this month.

What are the new CDC guidelines?

The US health agency has advised citizens on epidemiological risk factors saying rashes initially thought to be hallmarks of more common infections should be carefully evaluated.

The epidemiological classification included within 21 days of becoming ill, the person must report having been in contact with someone with similar rashes appearing or having had close or intimate in-person contact.

The person must also report any contact with a dead or living wild animal that could be part of endemic African species.

What are the typical symptoms?

The guideline stated that all patients diagnosed with monkeypox in the United States experienced rashes that began in mucosal areas, namely the genital, perianal, and oral mucosa.

Patients also presented with anorectal pain, tenesmus, and rectal bleeding. The CDC said it could be similar to syphilis, herpes, and advised clinicians to perform skin, anal, vaginal, and oral exams.

Main recommendations:

The US health agency advised people who had symptoms to self-quarantine and allow the agency to collect swabs from lesions for testing.

He added that contact tracing should be undertaken once the virus has been identified with contacts to be monitored for 21 days.

(With agency contributions)

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