Belgium has confirmed 546 cases of monkeypox
As of 8 August, regional administrations in Belgium have reported 546 confirmed cases of monkeypox, Sciensano reported on Tuesday.
The number of cases reported in Flanders was 304 (56%), in Brussels it was 187 (34%), and in Wallonia it was 55 (10%). Among the cases for which the gender is known, all are males between the ages of 16 and 71.
Eighty-nine percent of the individuals had symptoms available. The majority of them (96%) had skin lesions, mainly in the anal-genital area. The majority of patients had general symptoms like fever or malaise, and 30% had swollen lymph nodes.
Twenty-eight of the 455 people (9%) with the information are hospitalised, 21 for treatment (one with an underlying immune disorder), two because home isolation was not possible, and five for unknown reasons.
There have been no deaths.
It appears that the virus is mainly transmitted through sexual contact between men (94%), according to current data on presumed transmission. The contact between 119 (28% of all confirmed cases) were identified in less than a quarter of these cases. Most often, (48%), sexual contact was mentioned in a private context.
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