Cologne / Düsseldorf (dpa / lnw) - In Cologne there is a suspicion of a monkeypox infection. A man showing typical symptoms of the disease is in quarantine at home, a city spokeswoman said on Monday. The test result is still pending. The "Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger" had previously reported.
A case of monkeypox was confirmed for the first time in Germany in Munich on Friday. The monkeypox virus usually causes only very mild symptoms, but can also have severe courses. It is mainly transmitted via direct contact or contact with contaminated materials. A - probably very rare - transmission via droplets in the air is possible over shorter distances.
Meanwhile, the city of Düsseldorf is giving the all-clear for its area in the case of the monkeypox patient who is being treated in Munich. This person had previously actually stayed in Düsseldorf. However, the health authorities in Munich have determined that the stay in the city of Düsseldorf took place before the patient was actually infected with the monkeypox virus, a spokeswoman for the city of Düsseldorf said on Monday. The infection only occurred during a stopover on the onward journey to Munich.