JERUSALEM, May 21 (Xinhua) — Israel’s Health Ministry confirmed on Monday the country’s first case of monkeypox after the viral disease was recently detected in North America and Europe.
A man in his 30s returning from Western Europe, who visited Ichilov Hospital in Tel Aviv with lesions suspected of the virus and identified by the ministry as Israel’s first suspected case of monkeypox, was shown to have contracted the disease, according to a ministry statement.
A clinical sample was tested at the Israel Biological Research Institute, where the suspicion of monkeypox was verified, according to the statement.
The man, who was exposed to a monkeypox patient in Western Europe, has been hospitalized in quarantine to complete medical examination and monitoring.
According to the ministry, the man is in good medical condition. The ministry also called those who had returned from abroad and developed a fever and a blistering rash to see a doctor.
Recently, cases of monkeypox have been reported in the United States, Canada, Australia, and several Western European countries.
Monkeypox is common in wild animals such as rodents and primates, but humans can also be infected with the virus.
Symptoms include skin rash, fever, headache, muscle pain, back pain, swollen lymph nodes, chills, and exhaustion.
The rash eventually forms a scab, which then falls off, indicating that the person is no longer infectious.