There are 726 confirmed cases of monkey pox in Belgium. This concerns 384 cases in Flanders (53 percent), 258 cases in Brussels (36 percent) and 84 cases in Wallonia (11 percent). That reports health institute Sciensano Tuesday. The risk to the general population is still low.
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The virus was diagnosed in 699 men, 3 women and 2 people who identify themselves differently. In other cases, the gender is unknown. The age for the vast majority is between 16 and 71 years old. One case has been reported in a child under 3 years of age.
Almost all patients show skin lesions. About 58 percent also have general symptoms, such as fever, generally feeling unwell, and swollen lymph nodes.
A total of 32 people were hospitalized: 24 for treatment, 3 because home isolation was not possible and 5 for which the reason was unknown. To date, one death has been reported in a person with underlying health conditions.
Based on current data on the suspected source of transmission, it appears that the virus is mainly transmitted through sexual contact, according to Sciensano. Whereas in the beginning infection was mainly reported through sexual contact at major events, more recently this has happened more through sexual contact in the private sphere.
A total of 44 people indicated that they had not had sexual contact at the suspected site of infection. In that case, person-to-person transmission may have occurred through very close, but non-sexual contact.