BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon’s Well being Ministry mentioned Monday authorities have detected the nation’s first case of monkeypox in an individual who returned from overseas and is now isolating at residence.
The ministry mentioned the particular person is secure and that authorities are monitoring the particular person’s contacts. It didn’t present additional particulars.
Lebanon is the newest within the Center East to affix international locations with reported monkeypox circumstances; Israel and the United Arab Emirates recognized their first circumstances of the sickness in Might. The announcement got here as Lebanon prepares for a busy summer time season with tons of of 1000’s of expatriates and vacationers anticipated to go to.
The virus originates in primates and different wild animals and causes fever, physique aches, chills and fatigue in most sufferers. Individuals with extreme circumstances can develop a rash and lesions on the face, fingers and different elements of the physique.
The smallpox-related illness, which first causes flu-like signs earlier than progressing to a rash on the face and physique, is often present in elements of central and west Africa. However this 12 months, 1,880 infections have been reported in additional than 30 international locations the place monkeypox isn’t sometimes discovered.
Some 85% of the circumstances have been in Europe. No deaths have been reported.
The World Well being Group has mentioned folks with monkeypox may very well be infectious for as much as 4 weeks and suggested them to isolate till they’ve utterly recovered.
Lebanon is within the grip of the worst financial disaster in its fashionable historical past, and its medical sector has been fighting shortages in drugs and medical tools. The nation is residence to some 6 million folks, together with 1 million Syrian refugees.
Tens of 1000’s of Lebanese dwell in Africa.
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