The World Health Organisation (WHO) reported four cases of monkeypox in the last week of February, including 2 deaths in the Central African Republic. At least one monkeypox epidemic is recorded in the country every year.
Consequences for travelers
Monkeypox is endemic in countries in West and Central Africa. The individual risk of contact with a patient with monkeypox depends on the type and duration of contact. Transmission occurs from animal to human through contact with infected material (usually "bush meat" preparation). In case of very close contact with a patient (e.g. family members, neighbours on an plane, medical staff), the risk of infection is moderate, otherwise low.