Up to three weeks of quarantine after contact with monkeypox patient | Abroad

Housemates, sexual contacts or other close contacts of someone who has been diagnosed with the virus are requested to stay at home. The GGD will probably mainly ask people who had sexual contact or skin contact with someone with the virus to go into quarantine, according to the spokesperson for the RIVM.

On Sunday morning, RIVM said that people who had been less than one and a half meters away from a patient without protective clothing for more than 15 minutes should also be quarantined. But that advice is now outdated, the spokesman said on Sunday afternoon. “The experts from the GGD are currently determining whether it is necessary to stay at home.” The recommendations will be discussed again next week.

Virologist, Marion Koopmans, tells in Op1 how the emerging monkeypox virus spreads.

After contact with a monkeypox patient, it can take 5 to 21 days for someone to develop symptoms. The GGD keeps in touch with people who therefore have to stay at home as a precaution. They are asked to take their temperature every day and to stay alert for symptoms.

The monkeypox virus is characterized by blisters on the skin. Before those blisters appear, people can experience fatigue, swollen lymph nodes and headaches, among other things. How likely it is to be infected if you have been close to someone before they developed symptoms, remains to be seen. “It is still too early to say that,” said the RIVM spokesperson.

The quarantine advice has been passed on to the GGDs, but are not yet explained on the RIVM website. According to the spokesperson, the advice can still change. “This is so new, more coordination will take place next week.”

Whether, as was the case with the coronavirus, the quarantine time can be shortened if after a few days a test shows that someone does not carry the virus, is also still unclear. “It is still being investigated after how many days you could possibly test.” The monkeypox virus now has a reporting obligation, which means that doctors who have established or suspect infection with the virus must report this.

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Two cases of monkey pox have currently been identified in the Netherlands. According to the RIVM spokesperson, where these people contracted the virus is still being investigated.

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According to health services and experts, the spread of the monkeypox virus must mainly be stopped by isolating patients in time. Vaccines that have been developed against the ‘normal’ smallpox virus can also offer a solution.

It is important for health care workers who nurse patients with the disease to wear personal protective equipment, the CDC writes. This includes, for example, mouth masks and gloves. CDC also advises people to wash their hands thoroughly after contact with people or animals that may carry the virus. “This can be done, for example, with soap and water, or with an alcohol-based disinfectant.”

People who run a high risk through contact with a patient are offered a smallpox vaccine in the Netherlands, Minister Ernst Kuipers (Public Health) already announced this weekend. If the shot is administered within four days, there is the greatest chance that someone will not get sick.

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