Monkeypox is transmitted person-to-person through close contact, according to the circular already sent out to health experts all across Cyprus.
It also points out that one can catch monkeypox if he/she has close physical contact with someone who is showing symptoms. This includes touching and being face-to-face, Philenews reports.
Monkeypox can spread during close skin-to-skin contact during sex, including kissing, touching, oral and penetrative sex with someone who has symptoms.
Anyone can get or pass on monkeypox, regardless of their sexuality.
Monkeypox reference hospitals in Cyprus are those of Nicosia General Hospital for adults and Makarion Hospital for children.
Children appear to be at a higher risk if infected with Monkeypox, according to international data.
The circular notes that the way to protect yourself and others is by:
—Isolating at home and talking to a health worker if you have symptoms
—Avoid skin-to-skin or face-to-face contact, including sexual contact with anyone who has symptoms
—Clean hands, objects, and surfaces that have been touched regularly
—Wear a mask if you are in close contact with someone with symptoms