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Monkeypox virus alert in Europe

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With the detection of 2 more monkeypox (monkeypox) virus cases in England, the number of cases detected since 6 May has increased to 9.

The UK Health Safety Agency (UKHSA) reported that the new incidents do not have a random travel contact with a country where the virus is endemic, therefore it is possible for individuals to be infected by transmission.

UKHSA noted that one of the new incidents was detected in the capital city of London and another in the south-east of the country, increasing the number of incidents to 9.

The agency shared the information that the new events are not related to the previously confirmed ones.


Ministries of Health in Spain and Portugal were also alarmed against monkeypox virus incidents.

It was announced that monkeypox, which is a rare disease caused by an endemic virus transmitted from monkey to human in Central and West Africa, was detected in 8 individuals in Madrid, the capital city of Spain, and in 5 individuals in Lisbon, the capital city of Portugal.

It was shared that the health status of the patients in Madrid is improving.

The Spanish National Microbiology Center also announced that although there is a common opinion that 8 incidents detected in Madrid are monkeypox virus, the final results will be evident after the completion of the analyzes.


Spain Emergency Medical Services and Alerts Compliance Center Manager Fernando Simon said whether there was any contact amid the monkeypox incidents in Portugal and Spain after England. He said he was also being investigated.

Simon said, “It’s very new right now, but we have to be prepared for any eventuality. While the possibility of contagion is very low, it’s not a possibility we can’t rule out completely. So we have to be cautious. We work for all possibilities.” he spoke in.

It was confirmed that the virus was first seen in Europe on May 7 in a person in England, and then on May 17, it was stated that this virus was seen in 5 individuals in Portugal, and 15 people were detained under suspicious circumstances.

The most common symptoms of monkey pox are skin rash and blisters, fever, back and muscle pain, swollen lymph nodes.

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