The monkeypox virus was first diagnosed in a child in the Netherlands. It concerns a child of primary school age, says a spokesman for the RIVM.
It is not yet known how the child contracted the virus. “Given the symptoms, there is in any case no suspicion of abuse,” said the spokeswoman. “A source and contact investigation has been carried out and those involved have been informed.”
The RIVM informs NU.nl that children who have had direct contact with someone who has tested positive for the monkey pox virus or who have been close to that person are now being advised to keep their distance.
If keeping a distance is not possible, the RIVM advises to wear mouth masks. “You can go to school, but be careful,” says a spokesperson.
A total of 257 cases of monkey pox in the Netherlands
Monkeypox has now been diagnosed in 257 people in the Netherlands, 46 more than last Friday. Except for this child, in all cases it concerns men who have sex with men.
Those who contract monkey pox can suffer from fever, headache, muscle aches and general malaise. After a few days, a rash with blisters appears on the skin. Usually people don’t get very sick from an infection.
Quarantine advice has expired
On Friday, Minister Ernst Kuipers (Public Health) announced that people who have had direct contact with someone who has tested positive for the monkey pox virus or who have been close to that person will no longer have to quarantine for three weeks. However, they are given the “strict advice” to refrain from sexual contact and to ensure good hygiene. The advice to go into isolation for three weeks in the event of an infection will still apply.
The WHO health organization said on Sunday that the spread of the monkeypox virus is not an emergency of international concern. The health organization relied on advice from a subcommittee, which has investigated the spread of the virus.