Every year between 5 and 15 percent of Austrians get infected during the flu epidemic. We haven’t quite reached that level with monkeypox. Eleven cases have been registered so far. The proportion of the total population is thus 0.0001375 percent.
A month ago everything sounded far more dramatic. Shortly after the first case of monkeypox in the UK, the World Health Organization (WHO) was alarmed by further cases emerging in Spain, Portugal, the US, Sweden and Italy. The WHO immediately called for the rigorous tracking of all contacts of those affected.
However, the global figures are not too dramatic either. Only 2780 cases have been recorded so far. Just for comparison: With Corona, Austria is currently moving in the direction of 10,000, 15,000 new infections – per day. Corona restrictions are not planned at the moment.
In addition, monkeypox is significantly milder than classic smallpox, which was eradicated in 1979 after an extensive vaccination campaign. They were not only significantly more infectious, but also led to severe courses with an estimated mortality of 30 percent.
Outbreaks of monkeypox have primarily affected men who have sex with men.