The first case of monkeypox was confirmed in Austria – a Viennese (35) was admitted to a clinic in Vienna’s Favoriten district on Sunday with typical symptoms. The suspicion was confirmed. A total of 144 people in 15 countries worldwide became infected within two weeks. The US virologist Eric Feigl-Ding describes this increase as “astronomical”.
But how is it possible to spread it so rapidly? Spanish authorities are currently assuming that gay parties Pride on the holiday island of Gran Canaria could have been a source of infection for monkeypox. More precisely: The “Maspalomas Pride” festival. An event mainly attended by homosexual men – from May 5th to 15th, 80,000 people from Spain and many other countries came to the event. The reason for the assumption is that infections often occur during sex. A large proportion of the people currently affected are homosexual and bisexual men between the ages of 20 and 50.
The stronghold of the virus is currently in Spain with 50 cases, followed by Portugal (34) and Canada (22). In Belgium, on the other hand, only three cases have been confirmed – but it is the first country to introduce a monkeypox quarantine. According to this, people who have tested positive must isolate themselves for 21 days. The rationale for this decision: Doctors warn of a “significant rise” in cases in the UK over the next “two to three weeks”.
Infections with the monkeypox virus are being reported from more and more countries. Fever, severe headache, back pain, sore throat, cough, and often also swelling of the lymph nodes are possible symptoms. A rash that spreads from the face to the body is also typical. Blindness and disfiguring scars rarely occur as permanent damage.