The Austrian Health Ministry has issued new guidelines for dealing with monkeypox quarantine.

The Health Ministry issued a set of regulations for officials even as Austria reported its first-ever case of the illness on Monday.

According to Der Standard, contacts of positive patients are now subject to a three-week quarantine if they exhibit monkeypox symptoms. The isolation time frame can be managed at the hospital or at home, based on the patient’s condition.

Positive case contacts, such as Covid-19 contacts, will be assigned a Type I and Type II classification.

Type I interactions include sexual partners, close passengers on buses, trains, or planes, who have had at least 8 hours of direct contact with an infected person’s skin lesions.

Instead of being immediately isolated, high-risk connections must be monitored for 3 weeks via a daily call with health officials. If symptoms develop, the individual must be quarantined for 3 weeks as well as a PCR test must be performed. If symptoms develop, the individual must be quarantined for 3 weeks as well as a PCR test must be performed.

Brief social encounters with coworkers (who weren’t at the same workplace) or brief encounters in gyms, bathrooms, or saunas are examples of Type II contacts. These contacts are required to keep a health record for three weeks.

When a PCR test yields a positive result, monkeypox is affirmed.  Austria currently has one reported case from Vienna of this disease.

Positive cases of monkeypox, according to the Health ministry, are infectious for the duration of the illness, which lasts for 2 to 4 weeks.

What are some of monkeypox’s indications and symptoms?

The symptoms to watch out for:

The disease progresses in two stages.

A high fever, muscle aches, backache, chills, headache, exhaustion, and swollen glands are the first stage symptoms.

A rash appears around the mouth, face, throat, forearms, and on the hands a few days later prior to spreading in other body parts. The genital region is also vulnerable.

The patient is not contagious once the rash disappears. To be regarded a suspect case, a person must’ve had contact with either a confirmed or a probable case of monkeypox, have had contact with an infected animal, or have recently come back from Central or West Africa.

Within 21 days of contact, a person also must have developed an unknown rash and at least 2 more symptoms (like chills, and fever).

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