Egypt detects fourth case of monkeypox

Ahram Online , Monday 12 Dec 2022

The Ministry of Health and Population announced on Monday that it had detected the country’s fourth positive case of monkeypox (Mpox) in a person who was in contact with the previously infected individual.



According to the ministry, the 34-year-old patient’s condition is stable and he is currently being treated at one of the ministry’s hospitals.

The patient was in close contact with one of the previously detected cases, a 39-year-old who resides in a European country on a visit to Egypt, which was announced on 8 December.

Egypt officially detected its first monkeypox case in early September.

The Mpox virus was first discovered in 1958.

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), Mpox primarily occurs in central and west Africa, often in proximity to tropical rainforests, but has been increasingly appearing in urban areas. 

As a viral zoonotic infection, it can spread from animals to humans and can also spread from person to person through close contact, including sexual contact.

Several Arab countries reported cases of Mpox in the past months, including UAE, Lebanon, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and Morocco.

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