Sweden confirms second monkeypox case

After the first case was detected in Sweden on 19 May, the government classified the disease as a public health risk the following day – which means that anyone who has been infected must report it to the authorities. [Shutterstock/Jeppe Gustafsson]

The Public Health Agency confirmed another monkeypox case on Wednesday after a person living in Västra Götaland, in Southern Sweden, tested positive for the virus.

This comes after the country’s first case was reported on 19 May.

“The current outbreak shows what appears to be a new route of infection, which means that we are now building new knowledge,” the head of the public health agency Sara Byfors said.

New recommendations will be issued once the agency has managed to find out more about the new routes of infection, said Byfors. “The recommendations will therefore be updated as more information becomes available,” she added.

At least 188 cases have so far been identified in the EU with many more suspected.

The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) has stated that most cases have occurred when “men have sex with other men.”

After the first case was detected in Sweden on 19 May, the government classified the disease as a public health risk the following day – which means that anyone who has been infected must report it to the authorities.

Despite the classification, the government has promised not to impose restrictions and warns against comparing monkeypox with COVID-19.

“There is no reason to link monkeypox with COVID-19 and all that it raises in people in terms of concerns about the disease and community action. There will be no restrictions on how we live because of monkeypox. There are no such plans,” Social Affairs Minister Lena Hallengren told newspaper Svenska Dagbladet on Monday.

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