The Venezuelan government said on Sunday it had recorded its first case of monkeypox in a man who entered the country though its principal airport near Caracas after arriving from Madrid.
Contact tracing is taking place, Health Minister Magaly Gutierrez said on Twitter.
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“He was immediately isolated, the pertinent tests were carried out and samples were taken, giving a positive result,” the ministry said in a statement.
The government did not confirm the man’s age.
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Argentina was the first Latin American country to confirm a case of monkeypox.
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Spain, the UK and Portugal have recorded the most cases of the usually mild disease outside areas of western and central Africa where it is endemic.
(Reporting by Deisy Buitrago; Writing by Julia Symmes Cobb; Editing by Sam Holmes)