(Recast) Iran reports 1st monkeypox case

TEHRAN, Aug. 16 (Xinhua) -- Iran has reported its first monkeypox case, official news agency IRNA quoted a health official as saying on Tuesday.

Health Ministry spokesman Pedram Pakain said the patient is a 32-year-old woman, whose infection was detected through her skin lesions, according to IRNA.

The patient is from the southwestern city of Ahvaz and has been quarantined at her home, he noted.

The disease does not have a high mortality rate and can be treated, Pakain said, adding those who have been vaccinated against smallpox are immune to monkeypox to a great extent.

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