Israel today confirmed its first case of monkeypox, joining several countries in Europe and North America to locate the disease locally in parts of Africa.
A spokesman for Tel Aviv’s Ichilov Hospital told AFP that a 30-year-old man who had recently returned from Western Europe with symptoms of monkeypox had tested positive for the virus.
On Friday, the health ministry said the man came in contact with a man infected with monkeypox abroad, a clinical sample was taken for testing because he was isolated in Ichilov in a mild condition.
The virus, which causes distinct but rarely severe pustules, is endemic to parts of Central and West Africa.
In recent weeks, the virus has been linked to Britain, France, Germany, Belgium, Italy, Portugal, Spain and Sweden, as well as the United States, Canada and Australia.
Rare symptoms include fever, muscle aches, swollen lymph nodes, chills, fatigue, and chickenpox-like rashes on the hands and face.
The virus can be transmitted through contact with an infected person’s skin lesions or blisters, as well as through shared items such as beds or towels.
According to the World Health Organization, monkeypox usually clears up after two to four weeks.
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