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More and more cases! Can the spread still be stopped?

There are more and more cases of monkeypox in Germany! Stiko recommended vaccination for risk groups. But how dangerous is the virus really and how can you protect yourself? And can the spread still be stopped?

More than 100 cases of monkeypox have been recorded in Germany so far. The main symptoms are a rash, which can turn into blisters. Experts now recommend vaccinating risk groups. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), smallpox vaccination is 85% effective against monkeypox infection. People with compromised immune systems or young children are therefore particularly at risk. No deaths have been reported outside of Africa.

More than 100 cases in Germany

Monkeypox has been a known virus for years. “The reservoir of these viruses is not the monkeys. Monkeys are the so-called false hosts, i.e. intermediate carriers. A smallpox-like disease was first found only in monkeys, hence the name. This is much older than the claim that it is a virus other than that of human smallpox. The viruses most likely come from small rodents, “explains epidemiologist Klaus Stöhr, according to the Bild-Zeitung.

Experts don’t expect a pandemic

Although monkeypox infections in Germany have recently increased, experts say a pandemic like the corona virus is unlikely. Also because you can’t get infected with monkeypox as quickly as with Covid-19. Monkeypox can be transmitted particularly during sexual intercourse between men. Most cases so far have been very mild. Incidentally, the first patient who was infected with monkeypox in Germany also recovered. Already read? Monkeypox: tough rules for quarantine!

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