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Man, 46, latest confirmed monkeypox case in Cyprus

file photo: illustration shows mock up vials labeled "monkeypox vaccine" and medical syringe

Another case of monkeypox has been confirmed by the health ministry on Wednesday, bringing the tally of confirmed cases so far to four.

The latest case involves a 46-year-old man with no prior travel history who showed clinical symptoms compatible with monkeypox, which was confirmed following a molecular laboratory test carried out by the microbiological laboratory at Nicosia general hospital.

“From the first moment, the relevant protocols for the management of suspected and confirmed cases were put in place,” the health ministry said in a statement.

The two other cases detected on August 6 were both male tourists, while the first case detected the week before has already been discharged from hospital.

According to the Health Ministry, the man, who has been hospitalised, is in a very good clinical condition in the specially designed area at Nicosia general hospital, where he is being monitored for further evaluation of his health.

The Epidemiological Surveillance Unit has also begun the process of tracing and informing the contacts of the incident.

Cyprus has received 1,260 vaccines.

An information campaign started in hospitals as of Monday, so that health professionals managing suspected or confirmed cases of monkeypox can express their interest in vaccination.

Monkeypox is a rare infection caused by a virus related to smallpox. It was first discovered in animals in the late 1950s while the first human case occurred in the 1970s. Transmission can happen through contact with infected animals or from person to person, including contact with contaminated objects such as bedding.

The majority of people infected with the virus show no symptoms. For people who will develop symptoms these appear 5-21 days after infection (most commonly around day 12). These may include fever, headache, myalgias, back pain, swollen lymph nodes, chills and weakness.

 

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