2022-06-06 Monkey pox and travel abroad

The State Department has begun to regularly release information on monkeypox, which has now been identified in 28 countries around the world.

Although this disease is not new, it can cause major problems when detected. Local news in Japan recommends reading this article before traveling abroad.

Monkeypox outbreaks in many countries where monkeypox is not endemic (4ᵉ post)

June 06, 2022.

● On June 4, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced that monkeypox cases had been identified in 27 countries where the virus is not endemic. The World Health Organization is conducting further investigations.

Latvian health authorities also indicated one confirmed case.

● Current effective prevention methods include avoiding contact with symptomatic people and mammals, such as rodents, that may carry monkeypox. It is also recommended to wash your hands with soap and alcohol-based sanitizers.

● Currently, monkeypox virus has been confirmed by the World Health Organization or national health authorities in 28 countries (Argentina, Canada, Mexico, United States, Morocco, United Arab Emirates, Commonwealth, Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, Australia, and Latvia).

Travelers abroad are requested to pay special attention to preventive measures. Likewise, people who are planning to travel to countries or regions in countries other than those mentioned above should take into account that there is a risk of infection and apply preventive measures.

^ WHO announcement of 4 June


1. Monkeypox epidemic case

● On June 4, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced that 780 cases of monkeypox have been identified in 27 countries where the virus is not endemic. The Latvian health authorities also announced a confirmed case. No deaths have been reported so far in countries or regions where this disease is not endemic. The World Health Organization is conducting further investigations.

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2. About monkeypox

(1) Overview.

Monkeypox is an acute rash disease with symptoms similar to those of smallpox. Rodents such as squirrels are natural carriers. Traditionally endemic to Africa, since December 2021 cases have been reported in Cameroon, Central Africa, the Republic of the Congo and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Cases have also been reported in Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone.

(2) Symptoms.

The incubation period ranges from 5 to 21 days (usually 6 to 13 days) and the mortality rate is from a few percent to 10%. The first symptoms, among others,

  • Fever,
  • goosebumps
  • Back ache,
  • muscle pain
  • swollen lymph nodes, etc.

The characteristic rash appears on the face and extremities one to three days after the fever, and may also appear in the mouth, genitals, and eyes. Clinically, it is difficult to distinguish it from smallpox.

(3) Prevention.

In areas where monkeypox is endemic, the following infection prevention measures should be implemented and medical attention sought immediately if infection is suspected.

● Avoid contact with droplets and body fluids (sweat, tears, etc.) for people who have symptoms.
● Maintain good hand hygiene by washing them with soap and water or alcohol-containing hand sanitizers. Pay special attention to hand hygiene when touching clothing, bedding, towels, dishes, etc. It is used by people with symptoms.
● Avoid contact with rodents and other mammals, potentially carriers of monkeypox (including their carrion), and refrain from eating and handling wild animals (bushmeat = bushmeat).
● When participating in events (etc.) that bring together many people, keep an appropriate distance between yourself and others.

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(4) treatment.

Symptomatic treatment

for reference

○ Ministry of Health, Labor and Social Affairs

Quarantine services at the Ministry of Health, Labor and Social Affairs

^ National Institute of Infectious Diseases

3. Registration in the government register

(Note : ce qui suit est pour les ressortissants japonais. Les ressortissants étrangers sont encouragés à faire la même chose. en savoir plus, Infos Locales au Japon recommande de lire cet article : quoi s’ins’at qu vitagelor au Abroad.)

Please register with the Japanese Overseas Register and “た び レ “.

Before traveling abroad, be prepared for any eventuality, and communicate your itinerary to your family, friends, workplace (etc.) as well as your contact details at the destination. All people who plan to stay abroad for three months or more must register with the Register of Japanese Overseas, in order to prepare for emergencies.


Likewise, persons traveling or relocating abroad (etc.) for a period of less than three months need to be registered in the Foreign Travelers Registry た び レ ジ of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in order to obtain information regarding their safety if it becomes necessary during their stay. stay abroad. (For more information, see: https://www.ezairyu.mofa.go.jp/tabireg/index.html)


• Consular Services Center at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Address: 東京 都 千代 田 区 霞 が 関 2-2-1
Phone: (Main) 03-3580-3311 (Ext. 2902, 2903)

Contact details for the relevant department office at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

○ Policy Division, Bureau of Consular Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Medical Information Abroad).
Phone: (Switchboard) 03-3580-3311 (Ext. 内線 4919)

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○ Ministry of Foreign Affairs and External Security website

Contact details of local diplomatic missions abroad

Please refer to the following Ministry of Foreign Affairs website for contact details of the foreign diplomatic missions in each country.

○ Ministry of Foreign Affairs website: List of Japanese diplomatic missions abroad


source : 海外 安全 ホ ー ム ペ ー ジ: 広 域 情報 (mofa.go.jp)

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