Lebanon confirms first case of monkeypox

MENA , Monday 20 Jun 2022

Lebanon's Health Ministry reported on Monday the first monkeypox case in the country, noting that the patient's condition is stable.

Rafic Hariri University Hospital Lebanon
File Photo: A medic assists a patient as others wait in a hallway at the Rafic Hariri University Hospital (RHUH) in Lebanon s capital Beirut on July 23, 2021. AFP


In a statement, the Lebanese Health Ministry said the patient, who came from abroad, is receiving the necessary medical care and is in isolatation at home.

Monkeypox is a virus that originates in wild animals such as rodents and primates and occasionally jumps to people. It belongs to the same virus family as smallpox.

Most monkeypox patients experience fever, body aches, chills and fatigue. People with more serious illness may develop a rash and lesions on the face and hands that can spread to other parts of the body.

In general, recovery takes about two to four weeks without the need to be admitted to hospital, but monkeypox can be fatal in up to six percent of cases and is thought to be more severe in children.

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