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France records index case as monkeypox spreads across Europe

France’s health ministry noted that the patient had not traveled to any other country which registered monkeypox cases recently.

• May 20, 2022
Monkeypox
Monkeypox used to illustrate the story [Credit: The Health Site]

On Friday, France reported its first case of monkeypox, as the disease spreads across europe.

The patient has been isolated at home, France’s Health Ministry said.

The case was confirmed after a PCR test was done on the patient on Thursday, French news channel BFMTV reported, adding that the patient was a 29-year-old man residing in the Ile-de-France region.

According to the ministry, the patient’s condition is not considered serious and worrying.

The health ministry noted that the patient had not traveled to any other country which registered monkeypox cases recently.

The situation is unusual, according to the ministry.

However, cases of monkeypox have been reported in Britain, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, the United States and Canada.

Monkeypox is a viral disease that is unusual in humans.

It spreads through close contact between humans and animals, and can also pass between humans after close contact.

Symptoms include fever, muscle pain, headache, swollen lymph nodes, fatigue and skin manifestations such as blisters. 

(Xinhua/NAN)

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