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Spain's Monkeypox Outbreak Leads to Travel Limitations

August 6, 2022 • 1:48 pm CDT
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Following the declaration of the monkeypox virus outbreak as a Public Health Emergency of International Concern by the WHO in late July 2022, persons with compatible symptoms, diagnosed cases, and persons considered close contacts of infected people, Spain's Health Ministry advised not to travel.

Spanish health authorities and community groups are struggling to check an outbreak that has already claimed the lives of two young men who reportedly died of encephalitis.

As of August 6, 2022, data sources indicate Spain has had 4,942 confirmed cases since the start of the MPX outbreak in early May 2022.

Spain says that 80% of its cases are among men who have sex with men, and only 1.5% are women, reported VOA.

Spain has distributed about 5,000 doses of the two-shot Jynneos vaccine to health clinics and expects to receive 7,000 more from the European Union in the coming days, its health ministry confirmed.

To alert international travelers of their monkeypox risks, the U.S. CDC issued an Alert - Level 2, Practice Enhanced Precautions notice for Spain in June 2022.

The CDC says monkeypox is a rare disease caused by infection with the MPXV.

People usually become infected with the MPXV through contact with the skin lesions or bodily fluids of infected animals or humans or through contact with contaminated materials.

As of June 12, 2022, the CDC order requiring all persons to show a negative COVID-19 test result or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 before boarding a flight to the USA was rescinded.

However, the CDC’s Order requiring proof of vaccination for non-U.S. citizens and nonimmigrants to travel to the USA from Spain remains in effect.

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