On Thursday, South Africa announced its first case of monkeypox, joining the approximately 40 other nations that have confirmed cases of the illness.
“The patient is a 30-year-old male from Johannesburg who has no travel history, meaning that this cannot be attributed to having been acquired outside South Africa,” Health Minister Joe Phaahla told a news conference.
“Working with the relevant health authorities, a process of contact tracing has begun.”
A high fever, enlarged lymph nodes, and a blistery, chickenpox-like rash are frequently the first signs of monkey pox.
Patients often recover after two to three weeks because the condition is typically minor.
The World Health Organization stated last week that the global monkeypox outbreak was still centered in Europe.
To decide whether to designate the global monkeypox outbreak as a public health emergency of international concern, the UN health organization is scheduled to conduct an emergency meeting on Thursday.
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