first case of monkeypox reported

AA / Beyrouth

The Lebanese Ministry of Health announced on Monday the registration of the first case of monkey pox, or monkeypox, in the country.

The ministry specified in a press release that the patient is of foreign nationality (without specifying it), and that he is currently placed in isolation, stressing that his condition is stable.

The same source added that the Lebanese authorities are currently trying to identify the contact cases of this person, calling on everyone to take the necessary preventive measures.

The recent period has been marked by the recording of several infections with the virus in several Western countries, including Spain, Portugal, Great Britain, France, the United States, Canada, Switzerland and Austria. , in addition to Israel.

Monkeypox, a rare virus similar to human smallpox, was first detected in the Democratic Republic of Congo in the 1970s.

The first symptoms of the disease are fever, headache, swelling, back pain, muscle aches and general listlessness.

The most characteristic symptom appears 1 to 5 days after the fever: a rash that develops starting on the face and then spreading to other parts of the body, mainly the hands and feet.

Monkeypox was first discovered in 1958 when a disease similar to smallpox appeared in laboratory monkeys, hence its name.

*Translated from Arabic by Wejden Jlassi

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