Argentina confirms first case of monkeypox in man from Spain
Argentina has confirmed its first case of monkeypox in a man who arrived from Spain, the health ministry has announced.
“The patient is in good condition, undergoing symptomatic treatment, and his close contacts are under clinical and epidemiological control, without any symptoms so far,” the ministry was quoted as saying by Xinhua news agency.
The test result of “the sample taken from the first high-probability case is positive, confirming infection with poxviruses belonging to the Eurasian-African group of the genus Orthopox,” the ministry said.
Subsequently, genomic sequencing yielded a very high percentage of homology with the West African clade, like those found in new cases around the world, he added.
The Ministry of Health has urged people with symptoms to wear a face mask, practice social distancing and seek immediate medical attention.
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