Monkeypox: “We must be very vigilant”.

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The Robert Koch Institute expects infection rates to continue increasing as monkeypox spreads.

“It will take until late summer or early fall to see if efforts to contain the outbreak have been successful,” Lars Schaade, vice president of Germany’s Robert Koch Institute (RKI), told Funke Mediengruppe newspapers. He does not expect the curve to flatten out for several weeks. One reason for this, he said, is the long incubation period of up to 21 days.

Schaade is optimistic that the number of cases will fall if the vaccine is well informed and used sensibly. The Standing Commission on Vaccination (Stiko) in Germany recommends vaccination for specific risk groups and people who have had close contact with infected people. “However, I think we will continue to see cases now and then in the months after. We have to be very vigilant,” the RKI vice president said.

Generally, anyone can become infected
As of July 1, the RKI registered 1054 monkeypox infections in Germany. According to current knowledge, the rare viral disease, of which several thousand cases have recently been detected worldwide, is mainly transmitted from person to person through close physical contact. According to the WHO, the vast majority of those affected are men who have sex with men. In general, however, anyone can become infected through close physical contact.

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