The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) recommends isolation for at least 21 days in the case of an infection with monkeypox. In addition, there is also an urgent recommendation for contact persons to go into isolation for at least 21 days, said Federal Health Minister Karl Lauterbach on Tuesday in a joint press conference with RKI President Lothar Wieler.

This measure is intended to get the outbreak in Germany under control. “We have a good chance of stopping this pathogen, not only in Germany but throughout Europe,” said Lauterbach. It is not the beginning of a new pandemic.