There are now 12 confirmed cases of monkeypox in Hungary, the National Public Health Centre (NNK) informed MTI on Friday. The majority of infected are men living in Budapest, with the youngest being 28 years old and the oldest 43 years old.
Over the past few days which the NNK’s National Security Laboratory has been following the development of the monkeypox outbreak in Hungary for, six new cases have been recorded. The total number of official cases is now twelve.
The general condition of the infected does not require any hospital care, they have all remained in quarantine in their own homes, the NNK explained. Regional epidemiological authorities have been conducting contact tracing examinations on the infected.
Monkeypox is a zoonosis that spreads from human to human with close contact, and in rare cases via objects such as bedlinen and towels, and occasionally through sneezing and coughing, chief medical officer Cecília Müller explained
at the beginning of the outbreak at the end of May-beginning of June. Symptoms include feeling unwell, head and muscle aches, swollen lymph nodes, and later pustules on the hands and body. The illness normally lasts two to four weeks, she said. Thankfully, smallpox vaccines can protect people who came in close contact with an infected person, as long as they are administered within four days of coming in contact.
The NNK requests everyone with potential monkeypox symptoms to contact a doctor as soon as possible.
Featured photo illustration by the National Public Health Centre/MTI