Health officials in Mexico confirmed Saturday that the country’s first known case of monkeypox was among the 50-year-old U.S. residents treated in Mexico City.
The man, a permanent resident of New York City, was “probably infected in the Netherlands,” Hugo Lopez-Getel, the under-secretary of health, said on Twitter.
“Fortunately, he is in stable and resistant isolation,” said Lopez-Gatel. “We hope he recovers without complications.”
He did not provide any information on the patient’s possible contact with other people.
On Friday, Argentine health authorities confirmed the first two known cases of the disease anywhere in Latin America – a 40-year-old man returning to Argentina from Spain and a Spaniard visiting Buenos Aires.
The two cases were apparently disconnected.
The monkeypox virus can be transmitted to humans by infected animals. Person-to-person transmission is possible but rare.
Monkeypox is related to smallpox but much less severe. Early symptoms include high fever, swollen lymph nodes and a rash like chickenpox.
There is no specific treatment but vaccines against smallpox have been shown to be about 85 percent effective in preventing monkeypox.
Monkeypox was first identified in the Democratic Republic of Congo in 1970 and is considered endemic in about a dozen African countries.
Its presence in non-native countries has alarmed experts, although most of the cases reported so far have been light and no deaths have been reported.
There have been at least one and a half dozen confirmed or suspected cases in the United States.
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