After a first case detected on 15 June, the Luxembourg health authorities have confirmed two new monkeypox infections. This brings the number of monkeypox infections in Luxembourg up to three.

As in the majority of cases described in Europe, the signs of infection of the patients are essentially cutaneous and localised in the genital region, and the general condition of the persons is good, reassures the Ministry of Health.

A recent report by the WHO and the European Centre for Disease Control and Prevention shows that the vast majority of people currently affected by the virus are men, particularly men who have had sex with men. There is no link to returnees from endemic areas.

As the virus is transmitted through close and intimate contact, the ministry recommends protecting oneself and avoiding risky situations. The risk of becoming infected increases with the number of partners, the ministry adds.

The following list are the observed symptoms of the disease, but the ministry stresses they are not generalised to every infected individual:

  • Pimples on the body (on the face, in the mouth, on the palms, soles of the feet, on the genitals and anus, on the chest or limbs);
  • Fever;
  • Swollen and painful lymph nodes under the jaw, in the neck or in the groin;
  • Sore throat;
  • Headaches;
  • Muscle pain;
  • Fatigue.

After a few days or weeks, the pimples will dry up and become scabs. These will eventually fall off and heal. A sick person can be infectious as soon as the symptoms appear and until the lesions heal, the ministry writes.

In case of a suspected infection, residents  are encouraged to contact the national service for infectious diseases (telephone: 4411-3091 (office hours), or 4411-2730 (hospitalisation)).