Israel confirmed its first case of monkey pox on Saturday, joining several European and North American countries in tracking down the disease that is endemic to parts of Africa.
A spokesman for Tel Aviv’s Ichilov Hospital told AFP that a 30-year-old man, who recently returned from Western Europe with symptoms of monkey pox, had tested positive for the virus.
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On Friday, the health ministry said the man had been exposed to a person with monkey pox abroad, noting that a clinical sample had been taken for testing while he was in isolation in Ichilov in a mild condition.
The virus, which causes distinctive pustules but is rarely fatal, is endemic to parts of central and western Africa.
In recent weeks, cases have been discovered in Britain, France, Germany, Belgium, Italy, Portugal, Spain and Sweden, as well as the United States, Canada and Australia, raising fears that the virus could spread.
Symptoms of the rare disease include fever, muscle aches, swollen lymph nodes, chills, exhaustion, and a chickenpox-like rash on the hands and face.
The virus can be transmitted through contact with skin lesions or droplets from an infected person, as well as through shared items such as bed linen or towels.
According to the World Health Organization, Monkeypox usually disappears after two to four weeks.
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