Monkeypox outbreak in Europe, seven cases reported in Spain

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Monkeypox, a virus-borne disease confined to Africa, is now wreaking havoc in Europe, with Spain confirming seven cases on Thursday, while Portugal’s tally rose to 14. The Health Department gave this information.

Officials said that all the cases that have been reported so far in Spain are from the capital Madrid and all are infected men. Regional health department official Antonio Zapatero said that health department officials are currently testing 22 samples.

“There is a possibility that the cases will increase in the coming days,” Zapatero told Spain’s Radio Onda Cairo.

Portuguese officials said on Thursday that 14 cases were reported in the country, all in the capital Lisbon and its surrounding areas.

Meanwhile, the number of monkeypox cases in the UK has risen to nine. Britain’s Health Protection Agency said on Wednesday that the cases reported this week were mainly of lesbians and bisexuals. However, it is not clear how these people got infected.

A hospital in Rome said on Thursday it had confirmed a case of monkeypox in a patient who had recently traveled to Spain. Sweden’s Public Health Agency also confirmed a case in the country on Thursday. The agency, however, said it was still not clear how he got infected.

Monkeypox has not previously been reported to be a sexually transmitted infection, but it can be spread through close contact with infected people, their clothing or bedsheets.

The US State of Massachusetts on Wednesday confirmed a case of monkeypox in a man who had recently visited Canada.


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