Taiwan confirms first imported case of monkeypox

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TAIPEI (Reuters) – Taiwan’s government confirmed its first imported case of monkeypox on Friday, a man in his 20s who had been studying in Germany from January to June this year when he returned to the island.

The Taiwan Centers for Disease Control said the man returned to Taiwan on June 16 and returned home for the mandatory COVID-19 quarantine for all arrivals.

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On June 20, he developed symptoms including fever, sore throat and rash and saw a doctor, where he was tested and confirmed to have monkeypox, he added in a statement. communicated.

He is currently being treated in an isolation ward and his close contacts are showing no symptoms, he added.

In Asia-Pacific, Singapore, South Korea and Australia have also all reported cases.

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More than 40 countries where monkeypox is not endemic have reported outbreaks of the viral disease, with confirmed cases exceeding 3,000.

Monkeypox, which is spread by close contact and was first found in monkeys, occurs mainly in West and Central Africa and only very occasionally spreads elsewhere.

(Reporting by Ben Blanchard; Editing by Toby Chopra)

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