The new regulations are effective from Saturday, May 28. These are three regulations related to, inter alia, the reporting of cases of infection, quarantine and hospitalization of persons suspected or sick with this disease.

Who is subject to compulsory quarantine for monkeypox disease?

According to the Ministry of Health, when a suspected or diagnosed case of monkeypox is discovered, it will be possible to isolate the person in contact or the person suspected of having the disease. Quarantine should last for 21 days or until different pathogens have been identified or monkeypox virus infection has been ruled out in the person who was the source of exposure. People diagnosed with the disease will be taken to hospital.

What does close contact mean in monkey pox? The restrictions apply mainly to sexual partners and people who live in the same household, or people who use the same bedding, items or clothing. Also people who share the same enclosed space (work/office/transport) for at least 8 hours, but also healthcare workers who work unprotected with personal protective equipment.

Personal protection and hygiene measures for monkeypox

The Ministry of Health has also issued detailed guidelines for medical entities. Each case of monkeypox must be reported to the District Sanitary and Epidemiological Station.

Personal protective equipment should be used by medical personnel themselves when in contact with patients or those likely to have monkeypox. This includes a disposable long apron, FFP2 mask or helmet. The risk of infection of diagnostic personnel is assessed as low if personnel follow the biosafety procedures operating in a particular laboratory.

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At the same time, the Ministry of Health would like to remind you to follow measures to prevent the spread of infection such as areas such as hand hygiene, waste management and cleaning.

What is monkey pox?

Monkeypox (MPX) monkeypoxViral infection caused by monkeypox virus. They come in two types – West Africa and Central Africa, which differ in the severity of the course. Current imports into Europe are due to a variety from West Africa, which has a milder course. Initial symptoms of monkeypox include a high fever, muscle aches, and weakness. After 1-3 days, the patient develops a rash that may persist for up to 4 weeks.

In Poland, not a single case of monkeypox has so far been reported. In Europe, the largest number of cases is found in Great Britain (more than 70 cases). Individual cases have been reported, among others, by Sweden and Austria. Monkey pox has also appeared in neighboring Germany and the Czech Republic.

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