After confirmed case: Sweden declares monkeypox dangerous for the public

After confirmed case
Sweden declares monkeypox a public health hazard

In order to be able to take protective measures against infection, Sweden classifies monkeypox as a dangerous disease. In Belgium, virus cases are linked to a fetish festival. In Spain, a sauna must close for the moment after a suspected epidemic.

After the first confirmed case of monkeypox infection in Sweden, the country’s government classified the rare viral disease as dangerous for the general public. “The classification allows measures to be taken to prevent infection in order to avoid further spread,” explained Minister of Social Affairs Lena Hallengren. “It is also important that information reaches at-risk groups and that health services are prepared to treat and follow up suspected cases.” In Sweden, the first case of monkeypox was recorded on Thursday in the Stockholm region.

In Belgium, cases of monkeypox are linked to a major fetish festival in Antwerp. Organizers of the Darklands festival, held in early May, said Belgian authorities had linked the contagion to the festival. Belgium has so far officially confirmed three cases of monkeypox. In Spain, a gay sauna has been forced to close temporarily due to a suspected link to an outbreak of monkeypox.

The festival’s Belgian organizers said on their website that there was a “reasonable assumption” that the virus was likely transmitted by foreign visitors. The Belgian government has asked the festival management to inform the festival guests. According to the organizers, the Darklands Festival is aimed at “different groups in the gay fetish community”. According to the organizers, clubs and organizations are behind the festival and more than 150 volunteers work there. Commercial events take place during the day and parties in the evening.

First case in Germany

In Madrid, the Spanish capital, health authorities have ordered the temporary closure of a gay sauna due to a suspected link to an outbreak of monkeypox. The operator announced on Twitter that the “El Paraíso” sauna club will remain closed for the next few days as a “precautionary measure”. Authorities have registered 21 confirmed cases and 19 suspected cases, said Enrique Ruiz Escudero, a representative of the Madrid region health authorities. Most of those who tested positive are said to have a sauna connection.

Monkeypox, which is particularly widespread in central and western Africa, has been detected in several countries in Europe and North America since the beginning of May. After the first cases in Britain, reports have also been made in the United States and several European countries. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), it is mainly homosexual or bisexual men who have been infected.

This Friday, a monkeypox infection was also detected in Germany for the first time. According to the Bavarian Ministry of Health, he is a 26-year-old Brazilian who entered Germany from Portugal via Spain and has been in Munich for about a week. According to Federal Health Minister Karl Lauterbach, he assumes that the epidemic can be contained.

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