First case of possible monkeypox infection detected in Greece

A tourist from the UK, who came to rest in Greece with a companion, is suspected of having monkeypox. Test results will be ready on Monday.

The Greek Ministry of Health is investigating the suspicious case with the utmost care. The man was found to have a characteristic rash on his body and other symptoms of the disease. The woman is suspected of asymptomatic monkeypox.

Both tourists are transferred to the Attica Hospital (Αττικό Νοσοκομείο) with all necessary protection measures. To avoid infecting others, the couple is placed in strict isolation, as is the case with the coronavirus.

ΕΟΔΥ received samples for confirmation testing. They sent the laboratory, the results will be ready on Monday, writes

As previously reported by our publication, cases monkeypox have been reported in Spain, Portugal, Great Britain, Italy and other countries. In France, the first possible case was identified in the Greater Paris area. Hospitals in Greece are on standby. ΕΟΔΥ has sent circulars to them about the disease of monkeypox and is ready to respond immediately to the first suspicious case.

Monkeypox is a rather rare infectious disease, it is similar to human smallpox, which mankind managed to cope with in 1980. The disease proceeds in a milder form, most of those infected recover within a few weeks. However, sometimes, in rare cases, it can be fatal.

Its symptoms include fever, headache, muscle pain, swollen lymph nodes, chills, and fatigue. Patients also develop skin rashes that often start on the face and spread to other parts of the body, including the genitals. The rash changes and goes through various stages before the final formation of a scab, which later falls off.

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