Belgium becomes the 1st nation to mandate quarantine for monkeypox

By Vinisha Joshi  | Date: 2022-05-23

Belgium becomes the 1st nation to mandate quarantine for monkeypox

WHO has reported a total of 92 confirmed cases of monkeypox across 12 countries

Belgium has emerged as the first country to deploy a 21-day quarantine mandate for monkeypox patients after the country reported four confirmed cases last week.

According to a credible source, the Belgian health authorities announced their decision on Friday.

Reportedly, the Belgian Institute of Tropical Medicine mentioned that the possibility of a more expansive outbreak in the country is considerably low.

Meanwhile, microbiologist Emmanuel Andre, Head of the National Reference Laboratory for COVID-19 in the country used social media platform, Twitter, to disclose that Belgium has confirmed fourth case of monkeypox.

Andre’s tweet read that the common link between the new patient being treated in Wallonia and two of the previously diagnosed patients is the event held in Antwerp in May.

On the other hand, the World Health Organization (WHO) disclosed that after surveying across 12 different countries, 92 confirmed cases have been reported with 28 suspected cases under investigation.

The 12 countries which have confirmed the prevalence of monkeypox include Sweden, Belgium, the UK, Italy, Portugal, Spain, France, the U.S., Germany, and Canada.

As per the UK Health Security Agency, a case of monkeypox was confirmed in England on 7th May 2022, and the patient had a travel history to Nigeria in the recent time.

Following this, the U.S. Massachusetts Department of Public Health confirmed one case of an adult male infected with the monkeypox virus with recent travel history to Canada. 

Essentially, monkeypox – which has symptoms including fever, bumpy rash, sore muscles, and a headache - falls under the same family as smallpox, however, is relatively less deadly, and has a mortality rate below 4%.

Nevertheless, an unprecedented surge in the spread of the virus beyond Africa, which has been the hotspot for the disease, is raising concerns among medical experts.

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