Now 167 cases of monkey pox identified, partly due to subsequent reports | Inland

The National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) does not know how large the increase would have been without the references. That is ‘difficult to determine’, because there can be a lot of time between the infection and the first symptoms.

One patient in the Netherlands has been in hospital to be treated for skin complaints associated with the infection. He has recovered and is back home.

As far as RIVM is aware, almost all patients in the Netherlands are men who have sex with men. Health authorities emphasize that anyone can get monkey pox after close contact with someone who is infected. How the monkey pox spreads exactly and which risk groups should therefore be warned is still being investigated.

Those who contract monkey pox can suffer from fever, headache, muscle aches and general malaise. After a few days, a rash with blisters appears on the skin. Usually people don’t get very sick from an infection.

The first Dutch case of monkey pox was diagnosed on 20 May. The virus mainly occurs in certain parts of Africa, but has also been circulating in Europe for about a month.

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