- monkeys: Only in Germany so far Men infected with the virus
- WHO warns: Real danger for women and children
- Reports from other transmissions: Some countries report infections in women
- Effective protection measures: WHO asks for personal responsibility
- Stiko recommend vaccination for risk groups
In a few weeks, they have spread abekopper increasing in some European countries. Those who have signed up so far 113 infected in Germany exclusively men. The virus was probably over transfer intercourse, as announced by the WHO. According to the data so far, Germany, together with the United Kingdom, Spain and Portugal, is one of the European countries with a particularly large number of virus detections. The disease manifests itself through various symptoms. The most notable is the development of rashes.
Stiko recommends smallpox vaccination for high-risk groups
The Standing Vaccination Committee (Stiko) recommends vaccination against monkey pox to certain risk groups and People who are in close contact with infected people had. Stiko sees an increased risk of infection in men who have same-sex sexual contact with changing partners.
Also Especially laboratory staff may be eligible for a preventive vaccination, Stiko announced Thursday (June 9, 2022).
The draft decision on the recommendation must now go through a so-called comment procedure with the federal states and the specialist groups involved, so it is not yet a final official recommendation.
“Ready June 15”: Lauterbach promises a vaccine
Federal Health Minister Karl Lauterbach (SPD) welcomed the draft. “The vaccine will be ready by June 15,” he wrote on Twitter. The vaccination concept is currently being developed.
The background for the recommendation is the unusual increase in monkey pox infections in several European countries over the past few weeks. According to the Robert Koch Institute, 131 infections were registered in Germany from Thursday, so far only in men. The day before it was 113 o’clock.
In the EU be it Head vaccine Imvanex approved, which could also be used to protect against monkey pox, Stiko wrote in his message.
“Homosexual and bisexual men must receive vaccination offers quickly”
According to the committee, the vaccination should be given to the group of adults who have had “close physical contact via non-intact skin or mucous membranes” with a sick person or longer “unprotected face-to-face contact”. The latter are persons who have been unprotected in the vicinity of an infected person for a long time, at a distance of less than one meter.
This group also includes persons who have come into contact with a sick person or virus in medical treatment without protective equipment, as well as laboratory workers who have accidentally come into contact with monkey pox material. The vaccination should be given as soon as possible within 14 days. Like another group, Stiko names people at increased risk for exposure. This includes men who have same-sex sex with different partners. The reason for this recommendation is that the cases in Germany have so far only occurred among these men. Staff in certain specialist laboratories may also be at increased risk.
As the vaccine will initially only be available to a limited extent, according to Stiko, people from the first group should be preferred. For the primary immunization, two doses of vaccine are needed at approximately one-month intervals. People who have already been vaccinated against smallpox need only one dose. In order to combat the outbreak, in addition to vaccination, it is important to identify cases and contact persons at an early stage, to initiate isolation and quarantine quickly and to train risk groups. Since the long incubation period is only the tip of the iceberg, quick action is needed, said Kathrin Vogler, rapporteur for health and queer policy for the Liberal Party. “Homosexual and bisexual men need to be offered vaccines against monkey pox quickly,” she said.
Monkey pox: WHO warns of unnoticed infection
According to RKI, the disease is usually transmitted from an infected animal to humans via body fluids such as blood, tissues or secretions. In most cases, rodents transmit skin disease. Transmission of monkey cups from person to person is extremely rare and only possible with very close contact. Previously, smallpox was not considered sexually transmitted disease. According to RKI, the current cases show the opposite.
Recently have now too WHO clearly warned about monkey cups. The reason: Approx 1000 cases from 29 countries, where the virus is not endemic has been transmitted to the WHO, said WHO Director – General Tedros Ghebreyesus in a video conference on the current monkey poop situation.
The sudden spread of monkey cups in several non-endemic countries indicates that it has been rising for some time unnoticed transmissions came.
Real risk of “vulnerable groups” according to WHO: children and pregnant women warned against monkey pox
“The risk of monkey pox being established in non-endemic countries is real,” Ghebreyesus said. “The WHO is particularly concerned about the risks of the virus to vulnerable groups, including children and pregnant women“But this scenario can be avoided.
That is why the Director-General of the WHO is asking individual responsibility in case of infection and action from countries. there is “effective safeguards”, which must be complied with in case of emergency. Infected people should therefore isolate themselves and avoid contact with other people – also in the same household. According to the WHO, affected countries should contact tracking set to the spread of abekopper virus to contain
Monkey pox is considered a less serious disease compared to smallpox, which has been eradicated since 1980. Experts had warned about the spread of the virus, for example at upcoming festivals and parties. According to RKI, the incubation period is 5 to 21 days. Symptoms (including, for example, fever and rash) usually go away on their own within a few weeks, but in some people can lead to medical complications and, in very rare cases, death.
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