Senior health officials hold urgent talks after Israel’s first case of monkeypox is confirmed

What is monkeypox and where is it spread?
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Health Ministry officials met on Saturday night after an Israeli who recently returned from a trip to Western Europe was confirmed to have monkeypox.

Israel Centers for Disease Control committee members invited to attend urgent meeting after Israel reported its first suspected case on Friday.

At the meeting, the Health Ministry said the 30-year-old man hospitalized at Ichilov Hospital in Tel Aviv was confirmed to be infected with monkeypox.

The ministry said he remains in good condition and is being isolated and monitored.

The Ministry of Health has urged people who have recently returned from abroad and are showing symptoms to contact their doctor. The ministry also said it was “considering equipping itself with relevant vaccines and drugs,” as well as preparing for other diagnoses.

Top European health officials warned on Friday that cases could accelerate in the coming months as the virus has spread to at least eight European countries.

The World Health Organization’s Regional Director for Europe, Hans Kluge, said that “as we enter the summer season…with mass gatherings, festivals and parties, I fear the transmission is not accelerating”.

The virus, which causes characteristic pustules but is rarely fatal, has already been observed in central and western Africa.

This 1997 image provided by the CDC during an investigation into an outbreak of monkeypox, which took place in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), formerly Zaire, and depicts the dorsal surfaces of the hands of a patient with monkeypox, who exhibited the appearance of the characteristic rash during his recovery phase. (CDC via AP)

But in recent weeks, cases have been detected in European countries, including Portugal and Sweden, as well as the United States, Canada and Australia, Kluge said, calling the spread “atypical”. .

“All but one of the recent cases have no relevant travel history to areas where monkeypox is endemic,” he added.

The health official warned that the transmission could be spurred by the fact that “the cases currently detected are among those who engage in sexual activity”, and many do not recognize the symptoms.

Most of the initial cases were in men who have sex with men who sought treatment at sexual health clinics, Kluge said, adding that “this suggests transmission may have been ongoing for some time.”

The World Health Organization said it was investigating that many of the reported cases were of people identifying as gay, bisexual or having sex with men.

The official’s statement came as France, Belgium and Germany reported their first cases of monkeypox and Italy confirmed it now has three linked cases of the disease.

Monkeypox usually goes away after two to four weeks, according to the WHO.

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