Cases of monkeypox were first identified in Germany in May 2022. As of June 24, 2022, there were 676 monkeypox cases from 14 federal states (Baden-Württemberg, Bavaria, Berlin, Brandenburg, Hamburg, Hesse, Lower Saxony, North Rhine-Westphalia, Rhineland-Palatinate, Saarland, Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt, Schleswig-Holstein, Thuringia) reported to the Robert Koch Institut.
These cases are related to other monkeypox cases that have been reported in various countries outside Africa since May 2022.
What is special about these cases is that those affected had not traveled to African countries where the virus is endemic (West and Central Africa), as they had in the past, and that many transmissions apparently took place in the context of sexual activities (currently especially in men, who had sexual contact with other men).
Most of those affected do not become seriously ill. Further cases are to be expected in Germany.
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