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Monkeypox in Germany: Lauterbach announces isolation – countries “take the situation seriously”


Monkeypox in Germany: Lauterbach announces isolation – countries “take the situation seriously” Created: 05/25/2022, 11:24 am By: Patrick Huljina More monkeypox cases have been confirmed in Germany. Health Minister Karl Lauterbach (SPD) recommends a quarantine of at least three weeks. The news ticker. Monkeypox: Several cases have now been reported in Germany - also from North Rhine-Westphalia

Monkeypox in Germany: Lauterbach announces isolation – countries “take the situation seriously”

Created: 05/25/2022, 11:24 am

By: Patrick Huljina

More monkeypox cases have been confirmed in Germany.

Health Minister Karl Lauterbach (SPD) recommends a quarantine of at least three weeks.

The news ticker.

  • Monkeypox: Several cases have now been reported in Germany - also from North Rhine-Westphalia and again from Bavaria.

  • Health Minister Lauterbach and the RKI recommend a quarantine of at least 21 days.

  • RKI boss Wieler insists on close contact tracking.

Update from May 25, 9:53 a.m .:

With the increasing cases of monkeypox, there is also a new vaccination debate.

What about protection and side effects?

Here you will find everything you need to know about smallpox vaccination.

Monkeypox in Germany: Other diseases in Bavaria – Hesse reports the first case

Update from May 24, 8:05 p.m .:

Hesse now also has its first proven case of infection with monkeypox.

The Ministry of Social Affairs in Wiesbaden announced that the result had been confirmed by the Institute for Medical Virology at the University Hospital in Frankfurt.

The infected person came to the university clinic with the corresponding symptoms.

The age and gender of the patient have not yet been communicated.

Update from May 24, 7 p.m.:

There are two other confirmed cases of monkeypox in Bavaria.

As the Ministry of Health in Munich announced, both patients recently returned to the Free State independently of one another from a trip abroad.

One of the two people is in the Munich Clinic Schwabing.

The other case was reported from the Ansbach district, where the person concerned is now also in isolation.

New monkeypox cases confirmed in Germany

Update from May 24, 4:55 p.m .:

With North Rhine-Westphalia, another federal state reports cases of monkeypox.

According to its own information, Cologne has recorded several proven infections.

A spokeswoman said: "We now have three confirmed cases and one suspected case where the test result is still pending." One of the three confirmed cases is the suspected case that became known the day before.

The four victims are in quarantine at home.

Update from May 24, 4:25 p.m .:

The state health ministers, together with the federal government and the health authorities, want to prevent the further spread of monkeypox in Germany.

“We will take all precautions together to avert a further increase in infections and contain the outbreak,” said Petra Grimm-Benne (SPD), Chair of the Conference of Health Ministers.

“This also includes the current recommendations of the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) on isolation and quarantine.

These are decisive for the decisions of the health authorities and ensure a nationwide uniform procedure," says Grimm-Benne.

The Health Minister of Saxony-Anhalt said: "The current situation is by no means comparable to the Corona situation.

But we have learned from the corona pandemic, for example with a view to structures and vaccine supply.

That's why we take the current situation seriously, despite the fewer cases in Germany at the moment, and have to react in good time."

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At a press conference, Health Minister Karl Lauterbach commented on the monkeypox cases in Germany.

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Monkeypox: More than 250 cases have been reported to WHO so far

Update from May 24, 3:50 p.m .:

In Great Britain, 56 cases of monkeypox have so far been registered in the current outbreak.

"Because this virus is spread through close physical contact, we urge everyone to be on the lookout for any unusual rash or change," said Susan Hopkins, chief health officer at the UKHSA.

As a spokeswoman for the dpa authority explained, more than 1,000 doses of the smallpox vaccine Imvanex have already been administered to contact persons in Great Britain.

Another 3500 cans are in stock.

Update from May 24, 3:40 p.m .:

The World Health Organization (WHO) has so far reported more than 250 cases of monkeypox from 16 countries.

However, this number of confirmed infections and suspected cases only affects countries in which monkeypox has not previously occurred regularly.

This was explained by WHO expert Rosamund Lewis on Tuesday in Geneva.

"This outbreak can be contained," she said.

The current increase in cases is worrying, but the risk to the public is low.

Monkey pox: Lauterbach recommends at least 21 days of isolation – and clears up misunderstandings

Update from May 24, 1:28 p.m .:

The press conference is over.

The current monkeypox cases are "not the beginning of a new pandemic," Lauterbach said.

However, one should not underestimate the situation and must react “hard and early” in order to contain the spread.

An ordered quarantine of at least 21 days should therefore generally be recommended for infected people.

Close contacts of infected people should also isolate themselves for 21 days.

This recommendation was created in cooperation with the RKI.

Lauterbach also stated that he had already ordered up to 40,000 doses of a monkeypox vaccine that had already been approved in the United States.

However, the procedure for vaccinations has not yet been finally clarified.

Both Lauterbach and Wieler pointed out that men who have sex with men are currently the risk group.

However, the virus could also affect other groups of people.

Wieler explained that monkeypox infection is generally possible through close contact and contaminated materials.

Close contact tracking is therefore important for containment, according to the RKI boss.

Federal Health Minister Karl Lauterbach announced a recommendation for monkeypox quarantine.

© Bernd von Jutrczenka/CDC/Uncredited/dpa (Montage)

Monkeypox in Germany: Vaccine with significantly fewer side effects than smallpox vaccination

Update from May 24, 1:15 p.m .:

When asked, Lauterbach explained that a so-called ring vaccination for the infected person was not planned so far, but only an option.

The concept can be used for infected people in a particularly vulnerable environment in order to better protect people through vaccination.

According to Lauterbach, people who have been vaccinated against smallpox should be well protected.

Normal smallpox vaccine is "but not suitable to fight monkeypox," said the health minister.

Wieler agrees and draws attention to the side effects of smallpox vaccination.

The monkeypox vaccine has significantly fewer side effects, according to the RKI boss.

Update from May 24, 1:10 p.m .:

Doctor President Klaus Reinhardt stated that he supported the recommendations for 21-day quarantine.

People could be infectious for up to three weeks without showing any symptoms.

Monkeypox has already occurred in the past.

So far, it has always sounded like a successful containment of the virus.

"There is a good chance that an endemic situation will not occur," says Reinhardt.

Monkeypox in Germany: Lauterbach has ordered a vaccine – Wieler insists on contact tracing

Update from May 24, 1:07 p.m .:

According to Wieler, monkeypox can “be transmitted through close contact with an infected person or animal.” The virus is related to the human smallpox virus, but is not the human smallpox virus, explained the RKI boss .

The disease monkeypox "is not easily transmitted from person to person." According to Wieler, the ECDC estimates the risk for the general population as low.

The risk group is currently men who have sex with men.

Further cases are to be expected in Germany.

Therefore, close contact tracing is currently the “best protection”.

Most of the infected people in several countries known to the RKI were infected at large events “that were associated with sexual activities,” said Wieler.

If, for example, an unusual rash occurs and monkeypox is suspected, you should go to the doctor immediately.

The RKI recommends isolation until the crusts fall off, but at least 21 days.

Update from May 24, 1:04 p.m .:

Now RKI boss Lothar Wieler speaks.

So far, 177 cases in 16 countries are known.

The majority of those infected have no travel history to endemic countries.

Most of them are "men who have had sex with men," says Wieler.

It is a "rare viral disease" and it is believed to be transmitted from rodents to humans - so it is a zoonosis.

Monkeypox in Germany: Lauterbach recommends quarantine for 21 days

Update from May 24, 1 p.m.:

There is a vaccine that works against monkeypox.

There should be possible ring vaccinations "around the contacts of the infected".

"We have ordered 40,000 doses, the vaccine has already been approved in the USA," says Lauterbach.

It is not yet clear how the vaccination should be used - i.e. whether all contact persons of an infected person should also be vaccinated.

Lauterbach explained that he was in close contact with both the RKI and the WHO.

"We are responding hard and fast and will not allow the response to be delayed."

Update from May 24, 12:57 p.m .:

Recommendations have been drawn up together with the RKI.

Infected people should therefore isolate themselves for at least 21 days and until they are symptom-free.

According to Lauterbach, close contacts should also go into quarantine for at least 21 days.

Monkeypox in Germany: Lauterbach clears up three misunderstandings

Update from May 24, 12:52 p.m .:

The press conference is running.

Health Minister Lauterbach first takes the floor.

"What we are currently experiencing with monkeypox is not the beginning of a new pandemic," he explains at the beginning.

The monkeypox outbreaks involve a known pathogen and we know how to combat it.

The second misunderstanding is that you don't have to take the outbreaks seriously.

"That's not true," says Lauterbach.

There is still no explanation for the outbreaks in several countries.

"You have to react quickly."

The third misunderstanding: the monkeypox virus does not only affect men who have same-sex sex, explained Lauterbach.

This group is currently the risk group.

However, children and other groups could also be affected by monkeypox.

"We have to react at a time when the number of cases is still low."

Update from May 24, 12:32 p.m.:

The PK was originally announced for 12:15 p.m.

Lauterbach, Wieler and Reinhardt are still a long time coming.

As soon as it starts, we will tick live for you.

Update from May 24, 12:13 p.m .:

The press conference with Health Minister Karl Lauterbach, RKI boss Lothar Wieler and Doctor President Klaus Reinhardt will start shortly.

Monkeypox in Germany: More cases confirmed

First report from May 24th:

Munich/Bremen – Six monkeypox infections have now been confirmed in Germany.

The first case was reported from Bavaria, but there have now also been reports from Berlin, Saxony-Anhalt and Baden-Württemberg.

Experts are assuming that there will be a large number of other reports in the near future.

According to Federal Health Minister Karl Lauterbach (SPD), containment measures are already being prepared.

On Tuesday afternoon (May 24), together with the President of the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), Lothar Wieler, and Doctors President Klaus Reinhardt, he spoke at a press conference on the sidelines of the German Doctors' Conference on the current monkeypox situation.

Monkeypox in Germany: Recommendations on isolation and quarantine expected

In coordination with the RKI, recommendations for isolation and quarantine are currently being developed for Germany, Lauterbach said on Monday (May 23).

He assumes that they could already be presented this Tuesday.

Vaccination recommendations for people who are particularly at risk are also being considered.

According to Lauterbach, he has already contacted a manufacturer who makes vaccines specifically for monkeypox.

After numerous monkeypox cases in Great Britain, the British health authority UKHSA set three weeks as the recommended isolation time for close contacts of infected people at the beginning of the week.

In Belgium, the authorities have ordered a 21-day quarantine in the event of a monkeypox infection.

A similar regulation is expected for Germany.

Four close contacts of the first monkeypox patient in Munich are already in quarantine, the Bavarian Ministry of Health announced on Monday (May 23).

Monkeypox in Germany: Experts warn against too much excitement

The German Hospital Society (DKG) warned to be vigilant.

“Corona has taught us to take a very close look at developments around the world.

Because in a globalized world, not only goods spread quickly, but also diseases," said Gerald Gaß, head of the association, to the editorial network Germany.

"But according to the current state of knowledge, we do not have to fear a monkeypox pandemic."

Other experts also warn against too much monkeypox excitement.

"The danger situation is low because the virus is only passed on through close physical contact, i.e. through body fluids or crusts, and not through droplet infection such as sneezing, coughing or speaking," said Tobias Tenenbaum, Chairman of the German Society for Pediatric Infectious Diseases, the

Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung


The President of the Professional Association of Pediatricians (BVKJ), Thomas Fischbach, explained that the monkeypox virus is “far less contagious than Corona”.

It is transmitted almost exclusively through "close physical contact and bodily fluids".

Monkey pox: symptoms mostly mild - virus not comparable to corona

"I don't think any expert assumes that you will experience a similar situation with this virus as with Corona," assured the head of the Standing Vaccination Commission (Stiko), Thomas Mertens, on



About 30 to 40 percent of the population had previously been vaccinated against smallpox.

It is known that this vaccine protection is also effective against the monkeypox virus, he explained.

According to health authorities, monkeypox usually causes only mild symptoms - including fever, headache and muscle pain and skin rash.

However, an infection can also have severe courses, in individual cases even fatal diseases are possible.

(ph with dpa)

Source: merkur

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