On Saturday, May 21, the Swiss Health Department reported the first case of monkeypox. The Swiss Federal Office of Public Health announced the first case of monkeypox in the Canton of Bern on its official Twitter account. On its website, Switzerland’s Federal Office of Public Health stated that it is closely monitoring the situation with the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control and the World Health Organization.
The Federal Office of Public Health in Switzerland tweeted, “Monkeypox orthopoxvirus infections are becoming more common in Europe and North America. A first case was also confirmed in Bern, Switzerland.” The Canton of Bern confirmed the first case of monkeypox in a statement posted on their website. The first case of monkeypox was reported to the cantonal medical service (KAD) of the canton of Bern’s health, social, and integration department and the Federal Office of Public Health (BAG) on May 20, according to the statement.
The affected person in Bern contracted the virus while travelling abroad. The infected person is being treated as an outpatient and is being isolated at home. The Canton of Bern stated in the statement that the people with whom they had contact had been notified via contact tracing. The Federal Office of Public Health in Switzerland has published a page with information on the symptoms, treatment, and prevention of monkeypox.