Greece: Monkeypox suspected not confirmed

According to ΕΟΔΥ, laboratory testing of the sample did not confirm monkeypox, but found the chickenpox virus in a British tourist hospitalized at Attikon Hospital.

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Laboratory testing of a sample from a suspected male admitted to ATTIKON hospital found no monkeypox virus, while the sample tested positive in two repeated tests for varicella-zoster virus. Analyzes were carried out at the Laboratory of Microbiology of the Aristotle University of the University of Aristotle ((εργαστήριο μροβιογίας, ιατρική σχολή απθ) and in the laboratory of the A Atticon Hospital (εργαστής αας του του του

The varicella-zoster virus is different from the virus that causes smallpox or monkeypox. There is a correlation between the symptoms and appearance of skin lesions caused by chickenpox, smallpox, and monkeypox. Smallpox has been eradicated from the human population since 1980, while chickenpox is a common disease causing about 4 million childhood infections. There is a vaccine for chickenpox, and it causes a milder illness than smallpox.

Recall that a tourist from the UK, who came to rest in Greece with a companion, had symptoms on Saturday and specialists suspected monkeypox. The test results were supposed to be ready on Monday.

The Greek Ministry of Health investigated the suspicious case with the utmost care. A 29-year-old man in Kefalonia was found to have a characteristic rash on his body and other symptoms of the disease. The woman was suspected to be asymptomatic monkeypox.

Both tourists were transferred to the Attica Hospital (Αττικό Νοσοκομείο) with all necessary protective measures. In order to avoid infecting others, the couple was placed in strict isolation, as is the case with the coronavirus.

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