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Already seven cases of monkeypox: how dangerous is the virus?

Already seven cases of monkeypox: how dangerous is the virus?

The number of recorded cases of monkeypox in the UK has risen to seven. It is unclear where those affected got infected. The disease can sometimes have a severe course.

editorial staff
18 May 2022 10:19

According to the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA), four more people have contracted monkeypox in the UK. It is not known where those affected got infected. The most recently reported cases are said to be men who have had sexual contact with other men. Connections between the cases are only partially known.

Severe courses are possible

According to the UKHSA, the virus disease usually causes only mild symptoms, but can also have severe courses. Only symptomatic patients with close contact are contagious.

According to the UKHSA, the first signs of illness include: fever, headache, muscle and back pain, swollen lymph nodes, chills and exhaustion. A rash can develop, which often spreads to other parts of the body, starting from the face. The rash looks different depending on the phase and can resemble chickenpox and syphilis.

Virus could change behavior

The number of reported cases between people outside of Africa could indicate that the virus is changing its behavior. The rapid spread could also indicate that the virus has spread to a new animal reservoir. “Infections can be transmitted through contact with secretions from infected animals,” says a report from Germany’s Robert Koch Institute.

Doctors are also of the opinion that one of the most important reasons is the worldwide decline in vaccination protection. The smallpox vaccination is said to reduce the probability of infection by up to 85 percent.

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