Festival season: experts warn of the spread of monkey pox

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

85 percent of global cases in Europe

The virus is transmitted practically only by close physical contact, for example during sex. Symptoms include fever and rash. The incubation period is 5 to 21 days according to the RKI. Symptoms such as fever and rash usually go away on their own within a few weeks, but in some people they can lead to health complications and, in very rare cases, death.

It is the first major outbreak of monkeypox outside Africa, with 1,500 cases of monkeypox in Europe reported to the WHO, 85 percent of the world’s cases.

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

“The summer months have begun in the northern hemisphere and summer tourism, various Pride events, music festivals and other mass gatherings are planned throughout the region. These events are an opportunity for young, sexually active and highly mobile people to connect with each other. Smallpox is not a reason to cancel events, but an opportunity to seize and increase our commitment, “said Dr Hans Kluge, WHO Regional Director for Europe.

WHO Emergency Smallpox Emergency Committee

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

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

The WHO’s concerns concern three areas, said Tedros chief Adhanom Ghebreyesus: The virus is behaving unusually, affecting more and more countries, and a coordinated response is needed. However, Tedros emphasized that the experts in the crisis committee were dealing with the problem and had not yet decided whether they considered it necessary to declare a state of emergency. Still, there is no cause for concern.

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

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