Brussels (The Times Groupe)- The Belgian health authorities held an emergency meeting on Friday following the detection of the second monkeypox case within 24 hours in the country.
“Our lab in Leuven confirmed the second monkeypox case,” Marc Van Ranst, professor of virology at Leuven Catholic University, announced on Twitter.
According to him, the man from the Flanders region is not seriously ill, and his infection was discovered because of the distinctive marks on his hands.
On Thursday evening, the city of Antwerp was diagnosed with its first case of monkeypox.
There might have been a connection between the two cases since they attended the same festival earlier.
On Friday, the responsible health authorities are scheduled to discuss a nationwide approach to counter the spread of the virus.
Monkeypox has been circulating in the UK, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Sweden, as well as Canada and the United States since May 1.
The first cases were reported in France and Australia on Friday.
The monkeypox virus is transmitted from animals to humans and causes fever, rash, and swollen lymph nodes.
Although the disease is thought to be difficult to spread, the novel pattern of transmission suggests further investigation is needed.