Belgium Becomes First Country To Introduce Compulsory Monkey Pox Quarantine!

We think we’ve seen this film before, and we didn’t like the ending…

Belgium has become the first country in the world to impose a mandatory 21-day monkeypox quarantine as outbreaks of the viral disease have been confirmed in 14 countries and doctors warn of a significant increase in UK cases.

belgium becomes first country to introduce compulsory monkey pox quarantine!Photo via Anadolu Agency

After three cases were reported in Belgium, health officials said those who get infected with the virus will now have to self-isolate for three weeks. The infections, the first of which was discovered on Friday are all linked to an Antwerp festival. 

Doctors have warned that the UK is facing a substantial increase in infections and that the government response is “essential” in order to control the spread. 

The rare virus, which is most commonly contracted in the tropical regions of the west and central Africa, can be transmitted by very close contact with an infected person. It is usually minor, and most people recover without treatment within a few weeks…

However, the disease can be fatal, with one in every 100 people affected dying as a result of the current outbreak. 

The monkeypox virus causes the disease which was first discovered in monkeys and can be transmitted from person to person through close physical contact as well as sexual intercourse. 

belgium becomes first country to introduce compulsory monkey pox quarantine!Photo via Deccan Herald

Ahh, so scary! Please take care of yourself, guys, and take care. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, here’s how you can avoid contracting the virus:

  1. Avoid contact with animals that could harbor the virus (including animals that are sick or that have been found dead in areas where monkeypox occurs)

  2. Avoid contact with any materials such as bedding, that has been in contact with a sick animal.

  3. Isolate infected patients from others who could be at risk for infection.

  4. Practice good hand hygiene after contact with infected animals or humans. Wash your hands regularly with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

  5. Use personal protective equipment (PPE) when caring for patients. 

We don’t want another virus outbreak, so please be vigilant and stay safe!

By: Aishah Akashah Ahadiat