As of Friday afternoon, a total of six cases of monkeypox have been confirmed in the laboratory in Berlin. This was announced by a spokeswoman for the Senate Department for Science, Health, Care and Equality. The first cases became known in the capital over the weekend.

From an expert point of view, further infections are to be expected. The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) reported a total of 16 cases of monkeypox from six federal states in Germany on Friday.

The RKI mainly assumes transmission through close physical contact. According to experts, the fact that there are currently mainly cases in men who have sex with men could be related to several international events at which infections occurred. [If you want to have all the latest news live on your mobile phone, we recommend our app, which you can download here for Apple and Android devices.]

The RKI emphasizes: “The risk of becoming infected with monkeypox is not limited to sexually active people or men who have sex with men.” The overall risk from the disease is considered by health authorities to be moderate for people with multiple sexual partners and for those broader population rated as low.