TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Israeli authorities say they have detected the first case of monkeypox in the country in a man who returned from abroad and are investigating other suspected cases.
Israel’s Health Ministry said late Saturday that the man was in a Tel Aviv hospital in good condition. He called on anyone returning from abroad with a fever and injuries to see a doctor.
Sharon Alroy-Preis, director of the ministry’s public health services, told Israel Army Radio on Sunday that medical teams were investigating other suspected cases of monkeypox.
The case of Israel seemed to be the first identified in the Middle East.
The World Health Organization has identified around 80 cases worldwide and approximately 50 more suspected cases.
Previously, cases of the smallpox-related illness had only been seen among people with ties to central and western Africa. But Britain, Spain, Portugal, Italy, the US, Sweden and Canada reported infections, mostly in young men who had not previously traveled to Africa. France, Germany, Belgium and Australia have also identified cases.
The virus originates from primates and other wild animals and causes fever, body aches, chills, and fatigue in most patients. People with severe cases can develop a rash and lesions on the face, hands, and other parts of the body.