First case of Monkeypox discovered in Israel

May 22, 2022 by Aryeh Savir - TPS
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The first case of Monkeypox has been discovered in Israel after it spread to Europe, the US, Canada, and Australia in recent days.


The Ministry of Health updated Saturday night that the results of the test conducted at the Biological Institute for a man who came to the Ichilov Hospital in Tel Aviv with symptoms corresponding to Monkeypox confirmed the diagnosis.

The patient, in his 30, who recently returned from Western Europe, is in quarantine and in good condition.

The Ministry of Health called on those who have returned from abroad and developed a fever and a blistering rash to contact their attending physician.

The Ministry’s Epidemic treatment team met on Saturday night to discuss the new situation, the ramifications of the virus, the instructions to doctors and examined the acquisition of vaccines and drugs.

The Ministry of Health’s assessment is that dozens more cases of the virus are expected to be discovered in the country, but there is no danger to the public.

The World Health Organization announced Saturday night that it received reports of 92 patients diagnosed with the virus and another 28 suspected cases in 12 countries where the virus is not common.

Monkeypox is most common in parts of Central and West Africa.

WHO underscored that Monkeypox spreads differently from COVID-19. Monkeypox spreads through close contact. People who closely interact with someone who is infectious are at greater risk for infection: this includes health workers, household members and sexual partners.

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