FIRST FEMALE CASE OF MONKEYPOX IN DENMARK - REPORTED
COPENHAGEN, (FRIDAY), AUGUST 19, 2022 : Denmark has reported its first female case of monkeypox, the country's Ministry of Health announced on Friday afternoon. The woman is one of five (5) new cases of the disease in Denmark in the last 24 hours.
" This is an isolated of infection in a woman, which the Agency for Patient Safety is tracing. It is the Statens Serum Institut's (SSI) assessment that with the current number of cases, individual cases of infection can be expected to spread to other groups," said Health Minster Magnus Heunicke.
" We have expanded the target group for vaccination and purchased new supplies, so that everyone who is in a risk group can be offered a vaccine," he added.
Until now, in Denmark monkeypox has only been seen in men who have sex with men; however, the SSI had said that individual cases of infection outside the risk group were unavoidable.
Nevertheless, with the exception of pregnant women, children, and the immunocompromised, SSI believes that the risk of serious illness from monkeypox is low for all groups.
The latest development comes after the Parliament approved the purchase of 10,000 more Imvanex vaccines against monkeypox from Danish vaccine company Bavarian Nordic on August 12, 2022 following the Danish Health Authority's decision to expand the target group for vaccination.
The World Health Organization (WHO) reported on August 17, 2022 that so far, 176 women in Europe have been infected with monkeypox during the current outbreak. This corresponds to approximately 1.1 percent of all cases in Europe.
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