The monkeypox virus (monkeypox) continues to circulate in Europe: Two new cases of infection confirmed in Luxembourg

The Ministry of Health has confirmed two new cases of monkeypox virus infection among Luxembourg residents. This brings the total number of known cases in Luxembourg to three.

As in the majority of the cases described in Europe, the signs of infection in the patients are mainly localized cutaneously and in the genital area, and the general condition of the people is good.

Transmission of the virus typically occurs through close, intimate contact.

For this reason, the Ministry of Health again emphasizes the importance of protecting yourself and avoiding risky situations.

The infection can affect anyone. However, the latest joint report by the World Health Organization and the European Center for Disease Control and Prevention (https://monkeypoxreport.ecdc.europa.eu) shows that the vast majority of people currently affected by the virus are men and particularly the had sexual relations with men unrelated to people returning from endemic areas (Africa). The risk of infection increases with the number of partners.

It is recalled that the disease can cause:

  • Pimples on the body (on the face, in the mouth, on the palms of the hands, on the soles of the feet, at the level of the genitals and anus, on the chest or limbs)
  • a fever
  • Swollen and painful glands under the jaw, in the neck, or in the groin
  • Sore throat
  • headache
  • Muscle aches
  • fatigue

After a few days or weeks, the pimples dry up and become scabs. The crusts fall off, then the lesions heal. These symptoms are not systematic and vary from person to person. Sometimes there is no fever, sometimes very few pimples.

A sick person can become infected as soon as symptoms appear and until the lesions have healed.

As long as there are no symptoms, there seems to be no risk of transmission.

If monkeypox is symptomatic or suspected, it is advisable to avoid close contact with other people and seek medical attention as soon as possible. The affected person can also contact the National Service for Infectious Diseases (telephone: 4411-3091 (office hours) or 4411-2730 (hospitalization)). Useful information on monkeypox (monkeypox) on the website www.sante.lu.

Notified by the Ministry of Health

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