Monkeypox in the Central African Republic
26 Mar 2018
On 17 March the World Health Organisation reported (via Twitter) 8 cases of monkeypox in the Central African Republic. All cases are in the Sub-Prefecture of Ippy.
Advice to Travellers
Monkeypox is a rare infection related to smallpox. It resembles the less severe variola minor form of smallpox and has the potential to be fatal in a minority of cases. Monkeypox is unusual in travellers and tends to occur in isolated rural or forest areas.
Nearly all cases have occurred in Central or West Africa, with only a few cases ever reported outside Africa. Most infections result from direct contact with the blood, body fluids, or cutaneous/ mucosal lesions of infected animals including monkeys, giant rats, squirrels and rabbits. Rodents are the major source of infection. Eating undercooked meat of infected animals is a possible risk factor.