The disease is considered contagious and spreads through respiratory droplets, body fluids from an infected person, contaminated objects, and even from mother to child.
EFE/EPA/STEPHANIE LECOCQMonkeypox cases continue to increase in European countries
The city of Madridat the Spainconfirmed 30 cases of monkey pox, with positive PCR, this Saturday 21. Health officials also reported that a further 39 suspects are being investigated, making the region the main source of contagion in the country, with more cases being investigated in other parts of the nation. The outbreak in Madrid is the largest on record. Followup work by public health teams in the country’s capital found the majority of confirmed cases are linked to a sauna, which was closed on Saturday. Also this Saturday, another European capital, Berlinat the Germanyconfirmed two more cases of the disease.
In Spain, most of the cases have been confirmed by the regional health authorities, as the Ministry of Health has only confirmed seven so far and is using sequential procedures to check the remaining suspects. Apparently, the monkeypox virus takes much longer to sequence than others, such as SarsCov2. Therefore, the final results are not scheduled to be published until next Wednesday 25th.Infected or screened people must isolate themselves at home and can only seek medical treatment. People who come into contact with them do not have to quarantine, but they must reduce interactions with other people and wear a protective mask at all times, according to the protocol developed by technicians from the Spanish National Health System.
In Germany, the health authorities in Berlin also confirmed two more cases of monkeypox in the country’s capital this Saturday, bringing the number of confirmed infections on German territory to three. “Two cases of smallpox have been confirmed in Berlin. However, we can expect more cases to be reported in the coming days. The patients’ condition is stable,” the regional Ministry of Health said in a statement. “There is no reason to panic, but there is reason to be cautious as many of the scientific conclusions about the disease are still preliminary due to its rarity,” said the head of Germany’s state health agency, Ulrike Gote. “Experts assume that a new pandemic is not to be feared. But we must now act quickly and consistently to detect and contain infections,” he added.
Monkeypox is a contagious disease transmitted by large respiratory droplets through close and prolonged contact, contact with bodily fluids or contaminated objects of an infected person, and even from mother to child between people.
*With information from EFE