In Germany, people infected with monkeypox should be isolated for at least 21 days.

In addition, the symptoms must have healed before the isolation can be ended, said Federal Health Minister Karl Lauterbach (SPD) on Tuesday on the sidelines of the Doctors' Day in Bremen.

The “urgent recommendation” also applies to contact persons of infected people to go into quarantine for 21 days.

It's about getting an early outbreak "under control", said Lauterbach.

At the same time, he emphasized that this was not the beginning of a new pandemic.

Outbreaks of this viral disease have been very common.

The minister said that the infection can be easily controlled through good contact tracing.

177 cases in 16 countries

According to Lauterbach, Germany ordered “up to 40,000 doses” of a vaccine that was approved against monkeypox in the United States and would also work in Germany.

The vaccine can prevent or delay an outbreak of infection, Lauterbach said.

However, it is not yet clear whether the vaccine has to be used, for example in children.

A total of 177 monkeypox cases have been counted in 16 countries so far.

However, the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) assumes an increase in monkeypox diseases.

It is clear that further cases are to be expected in this country, added RKI President Lothar Wieler.

Regardless of sexual orientation, gender and age

Most people usually recover from monkeypox within a few weeks, Wieler said.

However, some people can develop serious illnesses.

The pathogens are not easy to transmit from person to person, close contact is necessary.

The virus can be transmitted regardless of sexual orientation, gender and age.

According to current knowledge, however, the risk to the health of the general population is considered to be low.

Most of the infected people in several countries known to the RKI were infected at large events “that were associated with sexual activities,” said Wieler.

If, for example, an unusual rash occurs and monkeypox is suspected, you should go to the doctor immediately.

"We are in an early stage of this outbreak." Much is still unknown, but the situation is being monitored closely.