Günzburg (dpa / lby) - There are now half a dozen cases of monkeypox in Bavaria. The Günzburg district office reported another case on Thursday. The patient probably got infected while on vacation and is on the mend, the authority said. He will be isolated in a hospital. The State Office for Health and Food Safety (LGL) reported in Erlangen that there are now six confirmed cases of monkeypox infection in Bavaria.
Monkeypox is considered a less serious disease compared to smallpox, which has been eradicated since 1980. According to the Robert Koch Institute, the pathogen is usually transmitted from person to person through close physical contact. Symptoms usually go away on their own within a few weeks, but can lead to medical complications and, in very rare cases, death in some people. "The LGL currently considers the general risk of infection for the population in Bavaria to be low," emphasizes the Bavarian health authority.