European nations look to start targeted monkeypox vaccinations amid spread

Explainer: What is monkeypox and why are cases on the rise in Europe?

France and Denmark have announced targeted monkeypox vaccination programs to curb serious infection, as Germany places a bulk order for vaccines in preparation for a severe outbreak. Key points: Monkeypox in Europe is most prevalent in the UK, Spain and Portugal The virus has now spread as far as Denmark, Slovenia and the Czech Republic … Read more

Monkeypox: What are the symptoms, how does it spread, and how worried should we be?

Monkeypox: What are the symptoms, how does it spread, and how worried should we be?

An unusual outbreak of monkeypox has now spread to at least 15 countries, with Australia recording its first two cases of the viral disease on Friday. Key points: More than 100 confirmed or suspected cases of monkeypox have been detected outside of Africa since May Monkeypox doesn’t spread easily from person to person, and the … Read more

Belgium becomes first country to introduce compulsory monkeypox quarantine

Dr Claire Dewsnap, president of the British Association for Sexual Health and HIV, warns of a 'significant' rise in infections across the UK in the coming weeks

Belgium has become the first country to introduce a compulsory 21-day monkeypox quarantine – as 14 countries now confirm outbreaks of the viral disease and doctors warn of a ‘significant rise’ in UK cases Those who contract the virus will now have to self-isolate for three weeks, Belgian health authorities have said, after three cases … Read more

British scientists warned monkeypox would fill the void left by smallpox three years ago

The country's top disease experts warned that monkeypox would fill the void left by smallpox three years ago, it has emerged.  Pictured: London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

Some of the country’s top disease experts warned that monkeypox would fill the void left by smallpox three years ago, it has emerged. Scientists from leading institutions including the University of Cambridge and the London School of Tropical Hygiene and Medicine argued the viral disease would evolve to fill the ‘niche’ left behind after smallpox … Read more

Monkeypox: Berlin records first cases of rare virus | News | DW

Monkeypox: Berlin records first cases of rare virus |  News |  DW

At least two people have tested positive for monkeypox in Berlin, authorities said on Saturday, warning that more cases would likely emerge over the next few days. The rare infectious disease, which causes distinctive pustules but is rarely fatal, is endemic to parts of Central and Western Africa. In recent weeks, more than 100 confirmed … Read more

WHO holds emergency meeting on monkeypox spread as Europe cases rise

Explainer: What is monkeypox and why are cases on the rise in Europe?

The World Health Organization (WHO) is holding an emergency meeting to discuss the recent outbreak of monkeypox, a viral infection more commonly seen in west and central Africa, after more than 100 cases have been confirmed or suspected in Europe. Key points: Monkeypox is usually a mild viral illness, with symptoms of fever as well … Read more

Monkeypox spreading through the West as UK records 11 new cases

a person's hands, with knuckles facing upwards, are shown with visible scabs and lumps

Cases of monkeypox are growing in the West in people who have not traveled to Africa—a phenomena previously not seen before. Key points: African researchers say the spread in Europe is unlike anything they have seen before Early hypotheses from scientists in the West suggest the virus may be transmitted sexually Other theories question whether … Read more

Explainer: What is monkeypox and why are cases on the rise in Europe?

Explainer: What is monkeypox and why are cases on the rise in Europe?

A handful of cases of monkeypox have now been reported or are suspected in Europe and the United States. Portugal has logged five confirmed cases, and Spain is testing 23 potential cases. Neither country has reported cases before. The United Kingdom has reported nine cases and now, in the United States, the Massachusetts Department of … Read more

2 more cases of monkeypox virus confirmed in England

2 more cases of monkeypox virus confirmed in England

Where and how the two new cases acquired their infection remains under investigation. Where and how the two new cases acquired their infection remains under investigation. Two individuals have been diagnosed with the monkeypox virus in London, the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) confirmed on Saturday. The cases are from the same household and are … Read more