Austria, Czech Republic and Slovenia Report First Cases of Monkeypox

AllvertaGlobal – The Czech Republic, Austria and Slovenia reported their first cases of monkeypox on Tuesday (24/5). The head of the Society for Infectious Diseases in the Czech Republic, Pavel Dlouhy, said he had expected this beforehand. “It was just a matter of time, we had estimated it for days,” Dlouhy said.

The Czech Republic’s first case of monkeypox was detected in one man at the Prague Military University Hospital. The case showed symptoms after returning from a music festival in Antwerp, Belgium in early May. Meanwhile, the first case of monkeypox in Austria was detected in a man who was hospitalized in Vienna after experiencing symptoms of fever.

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Meanwhile, Slovenian health authorities also confirmed a case of monkeypox in one man after returning from the Canary Islands. Over the past few days, several European and North American countries including the UK, France and the United States have reported cases of the rare virus, which is endemic in parts of Africa. Medical authorities said, however, that the risk of the disease spreading widely was low.

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The UK as of Tuesday (24/5) has reported 70 cases of monkeypox since it was first discovered on 7 May.

According to Gov.uk, anyone in the UK with an unusual rash or sore on any part of the body, especially the genitals, should contact the NHS or local sexual health services immediately.

The virus does not usually spread easily between people, but can be transmitted through close person-to-person contact or contact with items used by people with monkeypox, such as clothing, bedding, or eating utensils.

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Monkeypox is usually a self-limiting disease and most people recover within a few weeks. The UK Health Security Agency’s (UKHSA) Chief Medical Advisory Susan Hopkins said her health protection team was contacting people it deemed high-risk contacts of confirmed cases.

UKHSA advises those who have been assessed at risk and who remain healthy to isolate at home for up to 21 days.

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