Luxembourg's Ministry of Health has reported that there are currently no suspected or confirmed cases of monkeypox in the Grand Duchy.

The Health Ministry confirmed that it was monitoring the situation very closely with its European partners. In the meantime, the ministry aims to raise awareness of the potential spread of the monkeypox virus, cases of which have been confirmed recently in about a dozen countries in Europe, the United States (US), Canada and Australia.

Monkeypox is a rare viral disease that can be transmitted to humans from animals. Human-to-human transmission is rare, but possible, especially through close contact, with a higher risk for people with multiple partners and men who have sex with men. Monkeypox viruses are widespread in West and Central Africa among rodents.

Symptoms include: rash, fever, headache, muscle aches, back pain, swollen lymph nodes, chills and fatigue. Any suspected case and anyone with symptoms indicative of monkeypox should consult the national infectious diseases unit of the Centre Hospitalier de Luxembourg (CHL) and refrain from sexual activity or any other type of activity involving close contact until monkeypox has been ruled out or the infection has been resolved.