Monkeypox spreads as France, Belgium and Germany Detect First Cases

France, Belgium, and Germany reported their first cases of monkeypox after Australia, and several European and North American nations reported detecting the disease endemic in parts of Africa. 

French health authorities confirmed a monkeypox case in Paris, while the German armed forces’ microbiology institute confirmed the virus in a patient who had developed skin lesions, and in Belgium, the University of Leuven’s lab had confirmed a second of two cases in the country. 

Germany’s health agency Robert Koch Institute urged people returning from West Africa to seek medical help as soon as they noticed changes in their skin. 

Health officials warned that the monkeypox often manifests itself through fever, muscle aches, swollen lymph nodes, chills, exhaustion, and a chickenpox-like rash on the hands and face. 

The virus could be transmitted through contact with skin lesions and droplets of a contaminated person, and through shared items such as bedding and towels. 

The World Health Organization (WHO) said it was looking closely at the issue especially since some of the cases in the United Kingdom seem transmitted within the LGBTQ+ community. 

Cases of monkeypox have also been detected in Italy, Portugal, Spain, and Sweden and in Australia, the United States, and Canada, leading to fears that the disease may be spreading outside Africa. 

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