On Saturday, Swiss health officials reported the first case of monkeypox in the country among a man living in Canton of Bern but who was exposed while abroad.
Bern’s health authorities said the patient had been treated as a walk-in case and was now isolated at home. Everyone who came in contact with her was informed, it added in a statement.
“As far as we know, the person concerned came in contact with the virus abroad,” the statement added.
Health officials became aware of the case on Friday and confirmed it as monkeypox the next day.
Switzerland has thus joined several western countries, including Britain, Germany, Spain, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the United States, raising the risk of the virus spreading.
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.
Hans Cluj, the World Health Organization’s regional director for Europe, warned on Friday that the spread of the virus across Europe could accelerate cases in the coming months.
Most of the early cases of the disease were among men who had sex with men and sought treatment at a sexual health clinic, Cluj said, adding that “this suggests that the infection may continue for some time.”
The World Health Organization (WHO) says it is investigating the fact that the reported cases have been identified as homosexual, bisexual or having sex with men.
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