In the south of Spain, in Andalusia, 12 people contracted monkeypox after visiting the same tattoo parlor.
According to the agency Europa Press, the outbreak occurred in the municipality of San Fernando in the province of Cadiz. Health authorities recorded 12 cases of infection monkeypox in people who have visited a salon that offers piercing, micropigmentation and tattoo services. The agency said in a statement:
“Outbreak of 12 Monkeypox Cases Linked to Tattoo Parlor in San Fernando Identified.”
The establishment was examined and, just in case, closed for the time being. An epidemiological investigation is underway and a search has begun for people who have been in contact with the sick.
Monkeypox is a rather rare infectious disease, it is similar to human smallpox, which mankind managed to cope with in 1980. The disease proceeds in a milder form, most of those infected recover within a few weeks. However, sometimes, in rare cases, it can be fatal.
Its symptoms include fever, headache, muscle pain, swollen lymph nodes, chills, and fatigue. Patients also develop skin rashes that often start on the face and spread to other parts of the body, including the genitals. The rash changes and goes through various stages before finally forming a scab, which later falls off.