Belgian health authorities imposed a 21-day self-isolation period after three cases were detected
Belgium’s risk assessment group announced a 21-day quarantine for patients with monkeypox after three people in the country were diagnosed with the virus, which surfaced in more than a dozen countries last week . The health authority released the statement on Friday.
A fourth case of monkeypox was diagnosed on Sunday, virologist Marc Van Ranst revealed on social media. He noted that, like the three previous cases, the individual in question was linked to the international gay fetish festival Darklands, which was held in early May in Antwerp.
“It is important that anyone who attended the Darklands Festival remains vigilant for any symptoms“, said the doctor, suggesting that the scale of the epidemic was becoming”more and more clear“while pretending”this is unheard of with monkeypox viruses.” The disease, which is incurable but usually resolves within weeks, is commonly found in West and Central Africa.
The Pride of Gran Canaria festival in the Canary Islands, attended by some 80,000 people from across Europe, has also been labeled as a potential monkeypox”super spreader”, event linked to cases in Spain, Italy and Tenerife. Madrid in particular has emerged as a hotspot for the virus, with more than 30 people diagnosed in the Spanish capital.
While the Belgian government has warned people with suspected infections to self-isolate, it has also told them to go to hospital emergency rooms to speak to medical experts – conflicting recommendations similar to those that some experts say have helped spread Covid-19 in the early days. of the pandemic.
Monkeypox is not easily transmitted between people, requiring prolonged close contact with lesions, bodily fluids, respiratory droplets or contaminated materials such as bedding, according to the World Health Organization. Early symptoms include fever, headache, swollen lymph nodes, back and muscle pain; these are followed by the appearance of a characteristic rash with pustules on the face, hands and elsewhere on the body. Symptoms begin to appear one to two weeks after infection.
Monkeypox was detected in more than a dozen countries outside of Belgium last week, including the Netherlands, France, Germany, UK, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Canada, Israel, Switzerland, Australia and the United States. After a single patient was diagnosed with monkeypox last week, the United States rushed to secure 13 million doses of Jynneos smallpox vaccine, which was approved for use against the virus in 2019.
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The WHO called an emergency meeting on monkeypox on Friday as the number of suspected cases rose to more than 100. Despite media-fueled panic, government officials in countries including the UK and US United have insisted that the virus poses a low risk to the general public.
However, a tabletop ‘simulation’ event held at the 2021 Munich Security Conference described a hypothetical outbreak of monkeypox that resulted in 270 million deaths worldwide.
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