Monkeypox: Experts warn of increase in cases due to super-spreader events in the summer

Monkeypox cases are on the rise in Europe. Experts are now warning that music festivals in the summer could become super-spreader events.

Cases of monkeypox are on the rise around the world. The first case appeared in the UK and the virus has been making its way across Europe since. In fact, doctors are warning that the cases may just increase.

Experts are now alerting about the high risk of contracting this virus during music festivals.

Europe already at risk

In Europe, the authorities are already recommending smallpox vaccination to high-risk patients who have been infected with monkeypox. Even though the risk of a spread of monkeypox like Covid-19 is currently classified as rather unlikely by experts, according to NDR, the World Health Organisation is already recommending protective measures similar to those taken during the pandemic.

In addition, music festivals in the summer could become super-spreaders of monkeypox. Especially where many people gather in a confined space, partying and getting intimate. Dr Will Nutland, an honorary assistant professor at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, told The Telegraph:

There’s been talk in some of the networks we are involved in of the potential dangers of groups of people getting together.
Particularly where groups of people may get together and drink, or get high, and start making out.
We know there is a big two-day festival coming up [Mighty Hoopla] that’s going to attract a lot of queer people in London in a week’s time.

Risk of transmission

Currently, there are already 106 confirmed cases of monkeypox in the UK. This disease is not a sexually transmitted disease (STD), however, the risk of transmission is significantly increased during sex due to the close proximity of sexual activity, reports The Telegraph.

It was observed that the majority of men who were intimate with other men developed an infection with new rashes and several other symptoms.

This article is translated from Gentside DE.

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