Israel reports first monkeypox case, suspects more

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Israeli authorities said they detected the country’s first case of monkeypox in a man who returned from abroad and is investigating other suspected cases.

Israel’s Health Ministry said late Saturday that the man was in a Tel Aviv hospital in good condition. He called on anyone returning from abroad with a fever and injuries to seek medical attention.

Sharon Alroy-Preis, head of public health services at the ministry, told Israel Army Radio on Sunday that medical teams were investigating other suspected cases of monkeypox.

The case of Israel seems to be the first identified in the Middle East.

The World Health Organization has identified around 80 cases worldwide and around 50 other suspected cases.

Cases of the smallpox-related disease have previously only been seen among people with links to West and Central Africa. But Britain, Spain, Portugal, Italy, the United States, Sweden and Canada all reported infections, mainly among young men who had never traveled to Africa before. France, Germany, Belgium and Australia have also identified cases.

The virus comes from primates and other wild animals and causes fever, body aches, chills and fatigue in most patients. People with severe cases may develop a rash and lesions on the face, hands, and other parts of the body.