South Africa discovers first case of monkey pox

South Africa reported its first case of monkey pox on Thursday, joining some 40 other countries that have identified patients with the disease.

“The patient is a 30-year-old man from Johannesburg who has no travel history meaning this cannot be attributed to being acquired outside of South Africa,” Health Minister Joe Phaahla said at a news conference.

“A contact tracing process has begun in conjunction with the relevant health authorities.”

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The first symptoms of monkeypox are usually a high fever, swollen lymph nodes and a blister-like, chickenpox-like rash.

The disease is usually mild and patients usually recover after two or three weeks.

The World Health Organization said last week that Europe remains the epicenter of the global monkeypox outbreak.

The UN health agency will hold an emergency meeting on Thursday to determine whether the global monkeypox outbreak should be classified as a public health emergency of international concern.

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