This 2003 electron microscope image made available by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows mature, oval-shaped monkeypox virions, left, and spherical immature virions, right, obtained from a sample of human skin associated with the 2003 prairie dog outbreak.

Cynthia S. Goldsmith, Russell Regner, CDC via AP

The alert level for travelers has been raised by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as monkeypox continues to spread. The number of confirmed cases of the virus has reached more than 1,000 worldwide, including two in Salt Lake County.

The CDC is warning that travelers should now “practice enhanced precautions,” against monkeypox, spelling out they should avoid:

Close contact with sick people, including those with the disease’s telltale rash or pustules on their skin or genitals
Contact with dead or live wild animals such as small mammals including rats, squirrels and other rodents, as well as monkeys, apes and other nonhuman primates.
Eating or preparing wild game or using products derived from wild animals in Africa
Contact with clothing, bedding or health care materials that have been used by people with the virus or that may have come into contact with infected animals

An earlier version of the CDC’s precautions included wearing a mask but that recommendation was deleted “because it caused confusion,” the agency said in a statement, according to a story posted Tuesday by The New York Times that warned the virus can be airborne.

There are three levels of travel advisories issued by the CDC: Level 1, where people are told to “practice usual precautions;” Level 2, where enhanced precautions like those above are recommended; and Level 3, where people should “avoid nonessential travel.”

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