Israel, second man in Europe suspected of contracting monkey pox

Israel said on Sunday that it had found a second suspected case of monkeys a day after it identified the first patient with the rare disease.

The Ministry of Health said in a statement that the second suspected patient had recently visited Western Europe. Israeli media reported that the 27-year-old man is being treated in an isolated ward at the Barzilay Medical Center in the southern city of Ashkelon.

A sailor who worked on a cargo ship anchored in the nearby port city of Ashdod.

Health Secretary-General Nachman Ash stressed that both cases ruined the start of “another coronavirus.”

He told Israel Radio: “This kind of disease happens sometimes.

“We are considering and planning to vaccinate most at-risk people,” he said.

Health Minister Nitzan Horowitz repeated Ash’s words. He added that his ministry is looking at procuring hundreds of vaccines for front-line health care workers treating potential patients.

Professor Salman Zarka, director of coronavirus, also reassured the public that the incident did not cause an alarm. public radio.

By the mid-1990s Israeli recruits had been vaccinated against smallpox, which partially prevented monkeypox. As a result, experts believe that a significant portion of Israel’s adult population could be afforded some protection. report.

Monkeypox, an epidemic that is typically endemic in parts of western and central Africa, has recently been found in several European countries, the United States, Canada and Australia.

The virus can only be transmitted through close contact with skin lesions or respiratory droplets, not through an aerosol, as is the case with coronavirus.

United States of America Centers for Disease Control and Infection and british Department of Health and Safety They said they are investigating a variety of cases, including individuals who identify themselves as men who have had sex with men.

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