Monkeypox (MPX) is a viral disease caused by the monkeypox virus (MPXV). MPX has been a rare disease in Europe, so far thought to be transmitted mainly from rodents to humans. MPX cases have been detected in several countries in and outside Europe since mid-May 2022. Within Germany, a particularly high number of cases are detected in Berlin.
- Swollen lymph nodes
- Skin changes from rash to nodules/bubbles to pustules and sores that are scabbed over;
- often first in the genital, anal or oral area, then also in other parts of the body
- Headache, muscle and back pain
- close and prolonged physical contact with infected persons, especially unprotected sexual contact of any kind
- condoms do not provide sufficient protection
- contact with contaminated objects (e.g. also bed linen, sex toys, clothing)
Behavior in case of symptoms
The symptoms, especially unusual skin changes, should be clarified by a doctor.
General practitioners, HIV specialists, STD checkpoints or the public health department can help – it is best to call first and inform them of your suspicions!
Telephone help for acute symptoms and support with finding a doctor is also available via the 116117 hotline.
Close skin-to-skin contact with others should be avoided until clarification is obtained.