It’s still just a guess. Spanish authorities are investigating whether many people on the holiday island of Gran Canaria have contracted the virus.

The Spanish authorities are investigating the suspicion that gay pride parties on the holiday island of Gran Canaria could have been another source of infection for monkeypox. The newspaper “El País” reported on Saturday, citing sources in the health sector.

About 80,000 people from Spain and many other countries took part in the “Maspalomas Pride”, which was mainly attended by gays, from May 5th to 15th, the newspaper reported. Men from Italy, from Madrid and from the neighboring island of Tenerife, where the virus was detected, are said to have taken part in the celebrations. Intimate contacts are a possible transmission route for the virus.

Sauna closed in Madrid

The authorities closed the “Sauna Paraíso” in Madrid on Friday because several men are said to have been infected there as well.

So far, 30 cases of monkeypox have been detected in Spain. There are also another 23 suspected cases, the media reported on Friday. The local newspaper “Público” wrote about the situation in Portugal that 23 cases have now been confirmed. The first infected person recorded in Germany had traveled from Portugal via Spain to Germany – but it was initially unclear whether he was infected in one of the two countries.

Infections with the monkeypox virus are being reported from more and more countries. Fever, severe headache, back pain, sore throat, cough, and often also swelling of the lymph nodes are possible symptoms. A rash that spreads from the face to the body is also typical. Blindness and disfiguring scars rarely occur as permanent damage.