Belgium's Monkeypox caseload rises to 726

Belgium's Monkeypox caseload rises to 726
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Belgium has identified 726 confirmed cases of Monkeypox since the start of the outbreak, Sciensano reports in its latest weekly update, based on data for up to 5 September.

The number of new cases appears to be going down, according to the public health institute. The last recorded case for which information is available dates back to 30 August.

Of the 726 confirmed cases of the disease, 384 (53%) were reported in Flanders, 258 (36%) in Brussels and 84 (11%) in Wallonia.

Almost all of those infected are male – 699 of the 703 cases for which the sex is known. The vast majority are between 16 and 71 years old. One is a child under the age of three years.

Few of the infected have had to be hospitalised: out of 638 patients for whom information is available, only 32 were admitted to hospital.

So far, one death – that of a person with underlying medical conditions – has been reported.

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