Health authorities in several European and North American countries have confirmed cases of monkeypox, a potentially serious viral infection, within their respective borders.
This has led to concerns pertaining to a rise in the number of infected cases as well as whether or not those concerns will eventually result in travel-related monkeypox restrictions and/or ban.
Here’s what we know so far about the monkeypox situation and the current bans and restrictions.
What is monkeypox?
Monkeypox is a viral zoonotic disease that occurs primarily in tropical rainforest areas of Central and West Africa and is occasionally exported to other regions. The infection typically causes fever, rash, swollen lymph nodes, and may lead to a range of medical complications.
Monkeypox is transmitted from one person to another by close contact with lesions, body fluids, respiratory droplets and contaminated materials such as clothing, bedding, or other items used in healthcare settings.