The Venezuelan government announced yesterday that it had reported its first case of monkeypox in a man who arrived in the country on a flight from Madrid to Caracas, Reuters reported.
Health Minister Magali Gutierrez said in a Twitter message that the man’s contacts are currently being tracked. “He was immediately isolated, tested, tested and tested positive,” the ministry said in a statement. The government did not say how old the man was.
Argentina was the first Latin American country to confirm a case of monkeypox, Reuters recalls.
Spain, the United Kingdom and Portugal reported the highest incidence of the mild disease outside the West and Central African regions, where it is endemic.
Smallpox is a virus that is transmitted to humans from animals, with symptoms including fever, rash and swollen lymph nodes.
Most cases of people infected with the virus are in Central and West Africa, where the disease is endemic.
However, on May 20, it became clear that the disease had been found in many other countries, including Britain, Spain, Belgium, France, Sweden, Italy, Australia, Germany and Canada.
On May 29, Prof. Radka Argirova, virologist and advisor to the Prime Minister of Bulgaria Kiril Petkov on pandemic issues, pointed out that no monkeypox has been registered in Bulgaria so far and our country should not be threatened.
On June 4th, health authorities in Istanbul, Turkey, warned that they had registered several suspected cases of the monkeypox virus.
On June 10, Greece officially confirmed the first case of monkeypox in the country.