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317 monkeypox cases confirmed in Berlin – Berlin.de

The number of cases of monkeypox registered in Berlin continues to grow.

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A nurse will perform a PCR test to detect the monkeypox virus.

As of Monday, an infectious disease confirmed in 317 laboratories in the capital was known, 23 patients were hospitalized, and the Senate’s Science, Health, Care, and Equality Department reported in an online overview. .. Before Friday’s weekend, there were 259 confirmed cases.

469 cases were reported nationwide

The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) reported 469 monkeypox cases nationwide on Tuesday. Fourteen federal states have reported cases of actually rare viral illnesses, especially in Berlin. “Infection is probably caused by mucosal contact, so as a precautionary measure, close physical / sexual contact with changing or strangers should also be avoided,” advises the Berlin Health Department. It is necessary to adhere to safer sex rules such as the use of condoms, he said.

Infection due to close contact with the body

Monkeypox is considered to be less severe than smallpox, which has been eradicated since 1980. According to RKI, pathogens are usually transmitted from person to person through close physical contact. Experts assume that the outbreak can be limited. The risk to the general population is still considered low. Symptoms such as fever and skin rash usually go away spontaneously within a few weeks, but can cause complications and, in rare cases, death in some people.

Recommended vaccinations for specific risk groups

The Standing Committee for Immunization (Stiko) recommends vaccination to specific risk groups and people in close contact with infected individuals. The Commission considers men at high risk of infection to have same-sex sexual contact with their changing partners. Under certain circumstances, vaccination may be considered for special laboratory staff. Berlin Health Senator Ulrike Gote (Greens) recently emphasized that risk groups in the capital should be able to be vaccinated as soon as possible. Legal and systematic questions are currently being clarified.

Author: dpa / deepl.com

Date of issue: June 21, 2022

Last updated: June 21, 2022

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