Mexico City / Jorge Antonio Rocha / Anatolia
On Saturday, Mexico announced the first case of monkeypox.
Deputy Health Minister Hugo Lopez Gatell said in a tweet via Twitter, “A 50-year-old man, permanently residing in the American city of New York, was most likely infected during his visit to the Netherlands.”
Gatell added, “His condition is stable, and he is in preventive isolation, and is receiving treatment in Mexico City.”
The health official also confirmed that “the emerging virus has a slight infection rate, and the probability of spreading as a pandemic is low.”
On Friday, the World Health Organization announced that 244 monkeypox cases had been reported recently, including 160 confirmed and 184 suspected cases, in more than 20 countries where the outbreak is not usually known.
Symptoms of the disease appear in the form of fever, swollen lymph nodes, and muscle aches, in addition to fatigue, chills, and a chickenpox-like rash on the hands and face.
Monkeypox was first discovered in 1958 when a disease similar to smallpox appeared in laboratory monkeys, hence the name.
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