INCEF has expanded its work on raising awareness of zoonotic diseases (diseases that pass from animals to humans and vice versa) through a collaboration with the Center for Disease Control in Atlanta Poxvirus and Rabies Branch,
Monkeypox is a rare viral disease that occurs mostly in central and western Africa. It is called “monkeypox” because it was first found in 1958 in laboratory monkeys. Blood tests of animals in Africa later found that other types of animals probably had monkeypox. Scientists also recovered the virus that causes monkeypox from an African squirrel. These types of squirrels might be the common host for the disease. Rats, mice, and rabbits can get monkeypox, too. Monkeypox was reported in humans for the first time in 1970.
INCEF has produced two films for dissemination on a village by village basis addressing the cause and repercussions of the most recent outbreak in the Likouala Region of the Republic of Congo in 2003, and giving scientific explanation of the disease, how to prevent it and how to treat it.
INCEF has also produced two training films for healthcare workers, which offer guidance on what symptoms to look for, how to advise populations on preventing contraction of the disease and how to treat the disease.
INCEF began disseminating films in July and August of 2007 during a suspected outbreak and recent plans include expanding the project to include areas where the disease is also found in the adjoining Democratic Republic of Congo.