First Monkeypox Case Confirmed In Israel

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This 1997 image provided by the CDC during an investigation into an outbreak of monkeypox, which took place in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), formerly Zaire, and depicts the dorsal surfaces of the hands of a monkeypox case patient, who was displaying the appearance of the characteristic rash during its recuperative stage. As more cases of monkeypox are detected in Europe and North America in 2022, some scientists who have monitored numerous outbreaks in Africa say they are baffled by the unusual disease's spread in developed countries. (CDC via AP)

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Israel’s Health Ministry on Motzei Shabbos announced that the first case of monkeypox in Israel has been confirmed in a 30-year-old man.

The patient, who began suffering from skin lesions after returning from western Europe, is hospitalized in Ichilov Hospital in Tel Aviv in mild condition.

The monkeypox virus, which until recently was only seen in Africa, has spread to at least eight European countries as well as the United States, Canada, and Australia.

New York State health officials announced late Friday that a New York City resident tested positive for the virus.

Many of the reported cases have been diagnosed in people who identify with the “Toeiva” community.

(YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)