Monkeypox: China records its first case

China recorded its first case of monkeypox on Friday, in a person who had recently entered the country, according to health authorities in the southwestern city of Chongqing.

This person showed symptoms while under quarantine under China’s “zero covid“, requiring people entering the country to generally spend between one and two weeks in isolation upon arrival.

The monkeypox patient was diagnosed after developing symptoms including a rash, the city’s health commission said in a report, classifying the case as a “imported infection“.

The patient “is under central isolation in a designated hospital and is in stable condition“, according to the report.

there are no traces of social transmission and the risk of transmission is low

As the patient was immediately isolated upon arrival in the city, “there are no traces of social transmission and the risk of transmission is low“, he adds.

Hong Kong last week recorded its first case of monkeypox in a 30-year-old man who showed symptoms while under the city’s imposed three-day Covid quarantine period for new arrivals.

According to the WHO dashboard which lists all confirmed cases, as of September 7, there were 54,709 cases and 18 deaths recorded in 125 countries, 98% of which are in Europe and North America.

Monkey pox (“monkeypox” in English) starts with a high fever and quickly progresses to a rash. The disease usually resolves spontaneously after two to three weeks, but it can lead to serious complications, including bacterial infections.

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