Holiday season: Experts warn of the spread of monkeypox

Summer has arrived in Europe and with it the festival season begins. Experts therefore warn against the spread of monkeypox at festivals and parties.

85 percent of global cases in Europe

The virus is practically only transmitted through close physical contact, such as during sex. Symptoms include fever and skin rashes. According to the RKI, the incubation period is from 5 to 21 days. Symptoms, such as fever and rashes, usually go away on their own within a few weeks, but can lead to medical complications and, in very rare cases, death in some people.

It is the first major outbreak of monkeypox outside of Africa, with 1,500 cases of monkeypox reported to WHO in Europe, accounting for 85% of cases worldwide.

32 of these countries had no known cases before May. The virus has been rampant in seven other African countries for decades. So far, 72 deaths from African countries have been reported.

“The summer months in the Northern Hemisphere have kicked off, with summer tourism, various Pride events, music festivals and other mass gatherings planned across the region. These events are opportunities for young, sexually active and highly mobile people to connect with each other. Monkeypox is not a reason to cancel events, but an opportunity to be seized to increase our commitment, “said Dr Hans Kluge, WHO Regional Director for Europe.

WHO Emergency Committee on Monkeypox

The World Health Organization says it is important to educate people on how to protect themselves. If you have symptoms, isolate them immediately.

Concerned about growing evidence of monkeypox around the world, WHO has convened an emergency committee for next week.

The WHO concern covers three areas, said head Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus: the virus is behaving in an unusual way, more and more countries are affected and therefore a coordinated response is needed. However, Tedros pointed out that emergency committee experts are looking into the problem and have not yet decided whether they believe it necessary to declare an emergency. However, there is no reason to worry.

The risk assessment of RKI in Germany continued on Tuesday: “According to current knowledge, the RKI assesses a risk to the health of the general population in Germany as low.” Monkeypox is considered to be a less serious disease than smallpox, which has been eradicated since 1980.

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