The fifth case of monkeypox in Romania reported

The Ministry of Health confirmed a fifth case of monkeypox on Tuesday, June 21.  

Laboratory tests confirmed that the 37-year-old patient after noticing symptoms on June 18 had reported to the hospital. However, now the mildly ill patient is home quarantined.

Monkeypox was confirmed in Romania on June 13. The Capital’s 26-year-old was diagnosed. The young man started feeling sick last week and went to the hospital a few days later. Bucharest’s Public Health Directorate opened an epidemiological investigation.

The young man told doctors he got the virus from his partner, who recently travelled to EU countries with confirmed monkeypox cases. Sunday to Monday, he was hospitalised with specific symptoms. His symptoms started showing up 4-5 days before he reported, he told doctors.

In Europe, the UK has over 460 confirmed cases of monkeypox. This virus spreads through close contact. Partners steal from each other. Romania does not have a monkeypox vaccine, so the European Commission will buy one and distribute it. Romania gets 2,500 vaccine doses.

Monkeypox symptoms

West and Central Africa are endemic to mild monkeypox. Close contact transmits it, but self-isolation and hygiene can control it.

Mild symptoms, but itchy or painful lesions. These include blistering rashes or lesions around the genitals and anus, fever, sore throat, swollen lymph nodes, and mouth and eye lesions.

Experts say it’s not like COVID-19. Monkeypox requires close contact to spread and enters the body through damaged skin, eyes, nose, mouth, and body fluids.