Lauterbach announces RKI recommendation on monkeypox, vaccination recommendations are being considered
By Tuesday, there should be guidance from the Department of Health and the RKIs on how to contain monkeypox. It has not been clarified whether there is a vaccination recommendation for those who are particularly at risk. The manufacturer has already been contacted.
nAccording to Federal Health Minister Karl Lauterbach, further containment measures are being prepared after the first cases of monkeypox appeared in Germany. On Monday, on the sidelines of the World Health Assembly in Geneva, the SPD politician said recommendations on isolation and quarantine were being developed with the Robert Koch Institute (RKI). It is assumed that it could already be presented on Tuesday.
In addition, “whether we should make vaccination recommendations for people at particular risk” is being considered, the minister explained. This has not yet been clarified. This also includes checking if vaccines need to be purchased and, if so, where.
He has already contacted the manufacturer that makes special monkeypox vaccines. Lauterbach emphasized that vaccination of the general population is not under discussion here.
He called for strict international containment. A global outbreak is so unusual that there are concerns about whether it will be like previous outbreaks of monkeypox. The method of spread likely has changed, “so now we have to react quickly and hard to contain a global outbreak again.”
Lauterbach explained that, according to prior knowledge, it was men who had sexual contact with infected men in the first place. It is now important to treat at-risk groups honestly. This is to protect them and should not be misunderstood as stigmatization. The minister appealed to all those who had sex with unknown men to watch for skin changes and fever and to seek medical treatment very quickly if they suspected it.
Monkeypox is rarely common in Europe
Monkeypox occurs mainly in West and Central Africa and rarely elsewhere, which makes current outbreaks unusual. Since the beginning of May, increasing numbers of cases have been detected in Europe. Symptoms include fever, headache, and rash, which usually start on the face and spread to the rest of the body.
A WHO consultant linked the outbreak to delirium intercourse in Europe. David Heyman told The Associated Press in an interview that the most likely hypothesis is that gay and bisexual men passed the monkeypox virus through sexual contact at two events in Spain and Belgium.
It is not clear among scientists whether monkeypox was transmitted in Europe through sex or only through close contact during sexual relations. Because contact during sex is so close, transmission is likely to increase, said virologist Mike Skinner of Imperial College London. It does not matter what the sexual orientation of the people involved is.
According to British authorities, a large proportion of cases are found in Europe among gay and bisexual men who have not traveled to Africa in the past. According to the information, the situation was similar in Portugal and Spain.