Already 20 confirmed monkeypox cases in Austria

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More monkeypox infections have occurred in Austria. Twenty cases have been confirmed as of Friday, according to AGES.

In addition, there is one probable cause. The most evidence of the disease, which has been reportable for several weeks, is in Vienna, with 14 so far. Two have already recovered, twelve men are still active cases in the federal capital and segregated by the authorities, and three are currently being treated in hospital, said to the office of Health Councillor Peter Hacker (SPÖ).

More precise data are available for the federal capital, according to which those infected in Vienna are men between the ages of 20 and 50. The three hospitalized are treated in the clinic Favoriten. The Hacker office said that symptoms range from very mild cases of isolated pustules to more widespread rashes. The hospitalizations are purely precautionary. It was stressed. The disease processes themselves do not make hospital treatment necessary. As far as the city has been able to ascertain, none of the people have been vaccinated against smallpox.

According to the Ministry of Health, the first monkeypox vaccine doses could be delivered to Austria as early as next week. However, these are not intended for the general population. The vaccination is to be available to individual groups of people. To whom exactly is still unclear. That will be discussed within the national vaccination panel.

Anyone who has had close physical contact with a person infected with monkeypox or suspects smallpox due to related symptoms (especially skin lesions and bumps) should call the health hotline 1450. Further steps will be clarified there.

EU ordered 110,000 doses of the monkeypox vaccine
Nearly 5,000 monkeypox infections have now been reported in humans worldwide this year. In more than 40 countries outside Africa, where monkeypox was virtually unknown until May, there were 3,308 cases, according to data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Stand Wednesday. In addition, according to statistics from the World Health Organization (WHO), there are about 1,600 suspected or confirmed cases in eight African countries, many of which have known about such outbreaks for years.

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