How does monkey pox affect travel in the EU and what travel restrictions have been introduced so far?

About 100 cases of smallpox have been confirmed in nine European countries, including Spain, Portugal, Germany, Belgium, France, Sweden, Italy and the Netherlands. In addition, such cases have been confirmed in other countries such as the United States, Canada and Australia, while the epidemic was first identified in the United Kingdom.

Smallpox is considered a rare viral infection that has a mortality rate of less than four percent among humans. However, infection with such a virus could be accompanied by chills, pain and fever, according to SchengenVisaInfo.com.

Once the fever is gone, a rash could appear, which can be itchy or painful and can cause sores on the face or genitals, with symptoms disappearing between 14 and 21 days.

According to countries, there are 40 confirmed cases of smallpox in Spain, with another 67 people currently being screened. Most of these cases have been spotted at a party at an adult sauna in Madrid and at another pride festival on the Canary Islands, with five suspected cases reported in the area.

In addition, three positive cases have been reported in Belgium, with local media reporting that the cases date back to the Darklands festival. Belgium is the first country to quarantine such cases, as they must be isolated for 21 days. Contact cases are exempt from quarantine requirements, but they must remain vigilant and avoid contact.

In addition, there are 14 new cases of smallpox in monkeys reported in Portugal, bringing the total to 37, with the majority of those infected being young males. Italy has recorded four cases, with two of them living in the Canary Islands, where the epidemic is believed to have started.

Denmark reported its first suspected case of monkey pox on Monday, and the suspect reportedly recently returned from a trip to Spain.

Just like Belgium, the UK has also introduced a 21-day quarantine requirement for confirmed cases, as pointed out by official guidance from the UK Health Insurance Agency (UKHSA).

A total of 57 cases have been confirmed since Monday, with the first reported in Scotland earlier this week.

Although only a few countries have introduced travel restrictions, the World Health Organization (WHO) regional director, Hans Klugge, has warned that stricter restrictions could be enforced in the EU.

“As we enter the summer season… with mass gatherings, festivals and parties, I’m worried that the broadcast could be accelerated.” said Kluge.

On the other hand, the number of positive cases of COVID-19 across the EU is declining, with countries lifting their travel restrictions as the summer season begins.

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