Potsdam – Eleven cases of monkeypox have now been confirmed in Brandenburg. Three cases have been added since last Friday, one each from the districts of Märkisch Oderland, Havelland and the city of Potsdam, as the Ministry of Health announced on Thursday on request. The first case in Brandenburg was confirmed on May 28 in a 40-year-old from Potsdam.

Compared to smallpox, which has been eradicated since 1980, monkeypox is considered a less serious disease. According to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), the pathogen is usually transmitted from person to person through close physical contact. Experts assume that the outbreak can be contained.

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Stiko recommends vaccination for certain risk groups

The risk to the general public is still considered to be low. Symptoms, which include fever and a rash, usually go away on their own within a few weeks, but can lead to medical complications and, very rarely, death in some people.

The Standing Vaccination Commission (Stiko) recommends vaccination for certain risk groups and people who have had close contact with infected people. The committee sees an increased risk of infection in men who have same-sex sexual contact with changing partners. A precautionary vaccination may also be an option for staff in special laboratories. (dpa)