Argentina confirms first case of monkeypox

BUENOS AIRES, May 27 (Xinhua) -- Argentina has confirmed its first case of monkeypox in a man who arrived from Spain, the Health Ministry said Friday.

"The patient is in good condition, undergoing symptomatic treatment, and his close contacts are under clinical and epidemiological control, with no symptoms to date," the ministry said in a statement.

The test result from "the sample taken from the first high-probability case is positive, which confirms infection with poxviruses belonging to the Eurasian-African group of the Orthopox genus," the ministry said.

Subsequently, genomic sequencing yielded a very high percentage of homology with the West African clade, like those found in new cases around the world, it added.

The health ministry urged those with symptoms to wear a face mask, practise social distance, and consult the health system immediately.

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