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Germany's health authority recommends 21-days of isolation for monkeypox Updated: 2022-05-25 08:03:23 KST

As monkeypox continues to spread in Europe,Germany's health authority recommended a 21-day isolation period for those infected.

"There should be isolation until the scab drops off, but at least for 21 days. And for close contacts, we also recommend a quarantine of 21 days."

As of Tuesday morning, five cases had been reported in Germany.
To combat the spread of the virus, the country has ordered up to 40-thousand doses of Imvanex, a monkeypox vaccine approved in the U.S..
According to a German health official, the vaccine can prevent infection but also delay the outbreak of the disease in those already infected.
However, the country's health minister added that the spread does not constitute the beginning of another pandemic.

"What we are experiencing with monkeypox right now is not the beginning of a new pandemic. From all we know, there have been frequent outbreaks of this viral disease and it can also be well controlled through good contact, tracking and caution."

As for the United Kingdom, 14 additional cases were detected Monday,raising the country's total count to 71.
France, which confirmed its first case last week, also identified three additional cases on Monday.
On Tuesday, Slovenia and the Czech Republic reported their first cases.
In Slovenia, a traveler who had returned from the Canary Islands in Spain was confirmed.
The Czech Republic declined to provide details other than where the infected person is hospitalized.
Meanwhile, the United Arab Emirates became the first Gulf state to confirm a case on the same dayand the second in the Middle East after Israel.
Over in the U.S., as of Monday, seven people were confirmed or presumed to have been infected.
Until now, monkeypox was mostly detected around tropical rainforest areas of western and central Africa.
Lee Shi-hoo, Arirang News.
Reporter : slee@arirang.com
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