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Lebanon reports first case of monkeypox
Monkeypox is caused by monkeypox viruses, a type of Orthopoxvirus. Of the 2-types in humans, the West African type causes a less severe disease than the Central African (Congo Basin) type. It may spread from handling bushmeat, animal bites or scratches, body fluids, contaminated objects, or other close contact with an infected person - Photo: Twitter

Lebanon on Monday (June 20) confirmed the country’s first case of monkeypox virus.

A statement by the Lebanese Health Ministry said the patient had come from abroad and is currently quarantined at home.

The ministry said it is following up those who came in contact with the patient and called for taking all necessary preventive measures.

Worldwide, the WHO knows of more than 1,600 confirmed cases of monkeypox in 39 countries – including seven countries where monkeypox has been detected for years, and 32 newly-affected countries.

A section of skin tissue, harvested from a lesion on the skin of a monkey, that had been infected with monkeypox virus, is seen at 50X magnification on day four of rash development in 1968. CDC/Handout via REUTERS

The WHO said Europe remains the epicenter of the monkeypox outbreak, with 25 countries reporting more than 1,500 or 85% of the cases.

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Monkeypox is a virus transmitted to humans from animals, with symptoms including fever, rash, and swollen lymph nodes.

The WHO said that it is a disease caused by the monkeypox virus. It is a viral zoonotic disease, meaning that it can spread from animals to humans. It can also spread between people.

People can reduce their risks by limiting contact with people who have suspected or confirmed monkeypox. 

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