BEIRUT — Lebanon’s Health Ministry stated Monday authorities have detected the nation’s first case of monkeypox in an individual who returned from overseas and is now isolating at dwelling.
The ministry stated the individual is steady and that authorities are monitoring the individual’s contacts. It didn’t present additional particulars.
Lebanon is the latest in the Middle East to be part of international locations with reported monkeypox instances; Israel and the United Arab Emirates recognized their first instances of the sickness in May. The announcement got here as Lebanon prepares for a busy summer time season with lots of of 1000’s of expatriates and vacationers anticipated to go to.
The virus originates in primates and different wild animals and causes fever, physique aches, chills and fatigue in most sufferers. People with extreme instances can develop a rash and lesions on the face, palms and different components of the physique.
The smallpox-related illness, which first causes flu-like signs earlier than progressing to a rash on the face and physique, is usually discovered in components of central and west Africa. But this year, 1,880 infections have been reported in greater than 30 international locations the place monkeypox isn’t sometimes discovered.
Some 85% of the instances had been in Europe. No deaths have been reported.
The World Health Organization has stated individuals with monkeypox might be infectious for up to 4 weeks and suggested them to isolate till they’ve fully recovered.
Lebanon is in the grip of the worst financial disaster in its fashionable historical past, and its medical sector has been battling shortages in drugs and medical gear. The nation is dwelling to some 6 million individuals, together with 1 million Syrian refugees.
Tens of 1000’s of Lebanese reside in Africa.