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Belgium is first country to introduce monkeypox QUARANTINE as virus spreads across Europe and Brits face bank holiday warning

BELGIUM became the first country in the world to introduce quarantine for anyone who tests positive for moneypox.

It comes as the virus is spreading across Europe and a top British medic is warning holidaymakers to “be vigilant” – as children are more likely to become seriously ill.

One of Britain's top health experts says there will be more cases of monkeypox - as Belgium becomes the first country in the world to announce quarantines

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One of Britain’s top health experts says there will be more cases of monkeypox – as Belgium becomes the first country in the world to announce quarantinesPhoto credit: Reuters
dr Susan Hopkins urged anyone who has a chickenpox-like rash and a viral illness to see their GP or a sexual health clinic

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dr Susan Hopkins urged anyone who has a chickenpox-like rash and a viral illness to see their GP or a sexual health clinicPhoto credit: BBC
Countries around the world have reported outbreaks of the virus. This particular strain kills an average of 1 person in every 100 infected

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Countries around the world have reported outbreaks of the virus. This particular strain kills an average of 1 person in every 100 infected

hours after dr. Public Health England’s Susan Hopkins said infections are set to rise here, Belgium announced there will be a mandatory 21-day quarantine for anyone with the disease.

The country currently has three cases, all registered on Friday, linked to a festival in the port city of Antwerp.

The virus can be considerably more harmful in young children and a British child who contracted the disease is reported to be fighting for his life in intensive care.

In an interview with the BBC, Dr. Hopkins this morning: “We know from reports from Africa, where the disease has been spread in outbreaks over many years, that certain individuals are at much higher risk of serious illnesses, including those who are immunocompromised or young children.

Monkeypox cases have been traced to the island festival as the outbreak exploded across Europe
Everything you need to know about monkeypox as cases spread across the UK

“In adults, it’s relatively mild.”

However, she said medical professionals are learning more every day, adding: “This is clearly a new infectious disease that we have never seen in our community.

“We’re going to have a lot to learn about that in the coming weeks.”

There were 20 cases in the UK as of Friday. That number is expected when the figures are updated tomorrow, and Dr. Hopkins said, “We are discovering more cases every day.”

She was then asked about the risk for Brits attending summer festivals, as well as children on the sun holidays.

Countries like Spain, Portugal and Central Africa are among those reporting outbreaks. On Friday, health chiefs in Spain reported 23 more confirmed cases. Most are connected to a sauna in Madrid.

Cases in Spain and Italy have also been traced to an island festival attended by 80,000 revelers.

“The risk to the general population remains extremely low,” she said — but added, “People need to be mindful and we really want clinicians to be mindful.”

The first symptoms include a viral illness before a chickenpox-like rash spreads to parts of the body.

Anyone feeling sick needs to “stay home,” said Dr. Hopkins.

“If you have a rash, seek immediate medical attention by either calling your GP or a sexual health clinic,” she said.

HOLS WARNING

It is believed that Covid lockdowns around the world may have fueled the spread of the virus.

“We know there has been a period of restrictions across Europe and we don’t know where the infection came from,” she said.

“In our cases in the UK, there is no apparent link to a single event.”

However, medical professionals believe that some people contract the virus after a sexual encounter because personal contact makes it easier for the virus to spread.

dr Hopkins says it seems to be particularly common among gay and bi men.

Anyone who regularly switches sex partners or has close contact with people they don’t know should call in if they develop a rash, she said.

said yesterday dr. Claire Dewsnap, President of the British Association for Sexual Health and HIV, said the medical community is bracing for more as the virus spreads.

We discover more cases every day

She told Sky News: “What worries me the most is that there are infections across Europe, so that has already spread.

“It is already circulating among the general population.

“The numbers could be really significant in the next two or three weeks.”

Meanwhile, three years ago, experts warned that monkeypox would “fill in the void” left by smallpox.

Scientists from leading institutions including the University of Cambridge and the London School of Tropical Hygiene and Medicine said the disease will continue to evolve to fill the “niche” left after smallpox was eradicated in 1980.

Although monkeypox is usually mild, on rare occasions it can prove fatal. The strain causing the current outbreak kills on average one in 100 infected.

According to the Sunday Telegraph, the experts attended a seminar in London back in 2019 and discussed the need to develop “new generation vaccines and treatments”.

Their discussion was published in Vaccine Journal in 2020.

First found in monkeys, monkeypox can be transmitted from person to person through close physical contact — including sex.

The seven symptoms of monkeypox you need to know

People infected with monkeypox usually show symptoms five to 21 days after initial infection

The NHS says the first symptoms are:

  1. A high temperature
  2. headache
  3. Muscle cramp
  4. back pain
  5. swollen glands
  6. tremors (chills)
  7. exhaustion

They added that a rash usually appears one to five days after symptoms appear.

dr Hopkins urged Britons to be

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dr Hopkins urged Britons to be “vigilant” ahead of festivals and bank holidays in the summer monthsPhoto credit: Rex

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