Summer sets in across much of the Western world and with it comes a wave of festivals, and what appears to be the largest outbreak of monkeypox outside of Africa.
This disease is a viral infection that manifests mainly with a rash and fever. It is spread through close physical contact, including sexual intercourse. It is also spread by prolonged face-to-face contact, through respiratory droplets, and by touching contaminated objects. 1,500 cases have been confirmed in Europe, 85% of the total number worldwide.
“We have entered the summer months in the northern hemisphere with summer tourism, various pride events, music festivals and other mass gatherings planned throughout the region. These events provide the opportunity to interact with young, sexually active and high mobility. Monkeypox is not a reason to cancel events, but an opportunity to use them to boost the fight,” said Hans Kluge, director of the World Health Organization (WHO) for Europe.
The World Health Organization says it is vital that those responsible for these events tell people how to protect themselves. Advises self-isolation at home if symptoms are suspected, says skin-to-skin or face-to-face contact, including sexual contact, should be avoided with anyone who has symptoms, and objects and surfaces should be cleaned regularly if they are used frequently.