Portugal reports 14 new confirmed monkeypox cases
Portugal’s health authorities on Monday reported 14 new confirmed cases of monkeypox on Monday, bringing the total tally of confirmed cases to 37.
In neighbouring Spain, health authorities in the region of Madrid confirmed four more cases on Monday, raising the total to 34. There are another 38 suspected cases of monkeypox in Madrid.
Monkeypox, which mostly occurs in west and central Africa, is a viral infection that was first recorded in the Democratic Republic of Congo in the 1970s.
Symptoms include fever, headaches and skin rashes starting on the face and spreading to the rest of the body.
The virus is not as easily transmitted as the SARS-CoV-2 virus that spurred the global COVID-19 pandemic.
Experts believe the current monkeypox outbreak is being spread through close, intimate skin on skin contact with someone who has an active rash.
That should make its spread easier to contain once infections are identified, experts said.
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