After several cases of monkeypox in Great Britain, the virus has now also been detected in several people in Germany.
So far, monkeypox has occurred in eleven countries where it does not usually spread.
More than 100 confirmed or suspected cases have been reported so far, most of them in Europe.
The first case of monkeypox was confirmed in Bavaria on Friday.
It is an infection with the milder West African variant of the virus.
This was the result of genome sequencing at the Bundeswehr Institute for Microbiology in Munich, as announced by Bavaria's Health Minister Klaus Holetschek.
The 26-year-old patient comes from Brazil and is isolated in the Munich Clinic Schwabing.
He came to Germany from Portugal via Spain and has been in Munich for a week.
Before arriving in the Bavarian capital, he was in Düsseldorf and Frankfurt.
As Clemens Wendtner, chief physician of Schwabing's infectiology, announced on Saturday, the patient is doing well.
He has slight dysphagia and an elevated temperature, so only minor symptoms.
That was still the case on Sunday, as the clinic told the FAZ.
The pustules typical of the disease triggered a corresponding itching.
A special preparation, which has been approved for treatment in the EU since the beginning of 2022, is procured preventively from the hospital pharmacy of the Munich clinic.
In Berlin, several cases of infection with monkeypox were found.
The Senate Department for Health confirmed two cases over the weekend, said to be men between the ages of 30 and 55.
Her condition is "stable".
Both cases were confirmed by the Robert Koch Institute.
According to reports from several media, another case is said to have been found in a Berlin hospital.
The first two men are in outpatient isolation.
The 55-year-old man is said to have been infected at a sex party in Berlin.
The thirty-year-old is said to have attended sex parties during Christopher Street Day in Gran Canaria two weeks ago.
According to the Spanish authorities, parties during “Gay Pride” on the holiday island could have been a source of infection.
The symptoms are said to be significantly stronger in him than in the older patient who was vaccinated against smallpox.
It is still being determined whether the confirmed cases are from the Central or West African strain of the virus.
Contact persons of the infected are currently being identified, the health administration said.
It can be assumed that further cases may be added in the next few days.
Health Senator Ulrike Gote from the Greens said there was no reason to panic, but to be careful.
You now have to “act quickly and consistently to identify and contain cases of infection”.
The clinic director for infectiology at the Berlin Charité, Leif Erik Sander, called the dynamics of the current outbreak of monkeypox unusual.
That has to be taken very seriously.
The task now is to discover and effectively interrupt the routes of infection.Keywords: