Understanding sexual transmission dynamics and transmission contexts of monkeypox virus: a mixed-methods study of the early outbreak in Belgium (May-June 2022).

Last updated on 6-1-2023 by Valeska Laisnez

Peer reviewed scientific article




OBJECTIVE: The available epidemiological and clinical evidence from the currently ongoing monkeypox (MPX) outbreak in non-endemic areas suggests an important factor of sexual transmission. However, limited information on the behaviour and experiences of individuals with an MPX infection has to date been provided. We aimed to describe the initial phase of the MPX outbreak in Belgium, and to provide a more in-depth description of sexual behaviour and transmission contexts. METHODS: We used routine national surveillance data of 139 confirmed MPX cases with date of symptom onset until 19 Jun…

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