26 cases of monkey pox identified in the Netherlands

This monkey pox outbreak is unusual. The disease virus normally occurs mainly in Central and West Africa, but also appeared in Europe on 7 May. So far, the number of infections remains quite limited.

More than 200 cases worldwide

Since the first case of monkeypox was discovered in Europe early this month, at least 243 infections have now been diagnosed worldwide in countries outside Africa, the European health service ECDC reported on Wednesday.

On Friday, May 20, it was reported for the first time that someone in the Netherlands had contracted the disease.

People can contract the virus through close (skin) contact with someone who carries it. In addition to characteristic bumps on the skin, patients may experience fever, headache, back pain and swollen lymph nodes. Usually the course of the disease is quite mild, but with complications, the disease can be fatal.

RTL Nieuws previously made this video explaining the virus:



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