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Monkeypox Outbreak: Hungry confirms 1st case, Spain reports 12 more

Monkeypox lasts for two to four weeks and can spread more easily in immuno-compromised patients and pregnant women

Wednesday June 1, 2022 10:26 AM, ummid.com with inputs from IANS


Budapest/Madrid: Hungarian health authorities have confirmed the country's first case of monkeypox in a 38-year-old man whereas Spain, which noticed the virus outbreak two weeks ago, have reported 12 new cases.

"The disease does not spread easily, only through close contact", said the chief medical officer Cecilia Muller in a press conference on Tuesday.

The disease lasts for two to four weeks and can spread more easily in immuno-compromised patients and pregnant women, she was quoted by Xinhua news agency as saying.


Muller noted that the infected have to be isolated during their convalescence.

"We need to pay attention to these cases, to set up an early diagnosis. We need to follow the symptoms. If anyone has a suspicion of illness, please go see a doctor," she said.

Monkeypox cases in Spain jump to 132

The Spanish Ministry of Health has confirmed 12 new monkeypox cases, raising the total caseload to 132.

Spain, followed by the UK, becomes the country with the most detected cases of the disease in the current outbreak, Xinhua news agency reported.

Although the health ministry did not detail the origin of the positive cases, at least 96 were from the Madrid Region, while six are from Canary Islands, nine from Catalonia, three from the Basque region, four from Andalusia and one each from the Autonomous Communities of Aragon and Galicia.

All of the patients are reported to suffer from mild symptoms and are being isolated at home.

While monkeypox is primarily found in the tropical rainforest areas of central and west Africa, it has been increasingly identified in non-endemic countries. The World Health Organization has confirmed that there are 257 confirmed monkeypox cases and 120 suspected cases in 23 countries where the virus is not endemic.

The WHO warned on Tuesday that the potential for further transmission in Europe and elsewhere this summer is high.


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