First child infected with monkeypox in the Netherlands

The first case of baby monkeypox has been identified in the Netherlands, raising the number to 352, the country’s National Institutes of Health (RIVM) said on Monday.

Monkeypox has been diagnosed in 352 people in the Netherlands as of 4 July 2022.
Among the sick – a child of primary school age. How exactly did he become infected, however, the department said that sexual violence against him was not suspected.

The RIVM previously reported that a “significant proportion” of those who tested positive for monkeypox were men who had same-sex sex.


Monkeypox is a rare viral infection that is also transmitted between humans. It is usually a mild condition and most people recover within a few weeks, but complications can occur for some. The British Health Agency noted that monkeypox is not considered a sexually transmitted infection, but can be transmitted through close contact with an infected person.
The initial symptoms of monkeypox include fever, headache, muscle aches, back pain, swollen lymph nodes, chills, and exhaustion. A rash may develop, often starting on the face and then spreading to other parts of the body. The rash changes and goes through various stages before finally forming a scab, which later falls off.

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