A case of monkeypox was confirmed in Tokyo, and was confirmed by the Japanese Ministry of Health and Tokyo on Monday.
The incident involved a man in his thirties who recently returned from Europe. According to the ministry, the patient was in close contact with a person diagnosed with monkeypox before returning to Tokyo in mid-July.
He developed fever, rash, headache, and malaise before the monkeypox virus tested positive. According to the ministry, patients are being treated in a stable condition at a hospital in Tokyo.
“We will work with governments and WHO in each country to collect information while paying close attention to the infection situation in other countries. [World Health Organization]And an expert ” Said In the statement.
The government also urged residents returning from abroad to see a doctor if they feel sick or have symptoms.
Monkeypox virus can cause symptoms similar to those of smallpox patients, but it is clinically less severe. according to To WHO.
The virus is transmitted through body fluids, skin lesions, or contact with internal mucosal surfaces. Symptoms of monkeypox include headache, fever, sore throat, malaise, malaise, rash, and swollen lymph nodes.
Cases concentrated on men
WHO Director Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus declared the monkeypox virus “a public health emergency of international concern” on July 23, despite lack of consensus among experts. did.
Tedros made the decision based on the global growth of monkeypox cases. Cases of monkeypox are currently reported in 75 countries and territories, with more than 16,000 reported. Of these, only 5 deaths have been recorded.
“In short, there are outbreaks that are rapidly spreading around the world through new modes of infection that we understand too much and meet the standards of the International Health Regulations,” he said. statement..
“For all these reasons, I have determined that the outbreak of monkeypox worldwide is a public health emergency of international concern,” said Gebreez.
“I have declared a public health emergency of international concern, but for now this has been concentrated on men who have sex with men, especially men with multiple sexual partners. “He added.
Some committee members opposed the declaration that monkeypox was a global health emergency, arguing that the disease was not serious enough to pay such attention and risked impeding response efforts. ..
Last month, the WHO Emergency Commission decided that monkeypox was not a public health emergency of international concern. At that time, 3,040 cases were reported in 47 countries.
In the United States, New York has the highest number of monkeypox cases in 990, followed by California with 356 and Illinois with 344. data Provided by the CDC. The majority of reported cases are due to international arrivals.
The first major peer-reviewed study of monkeypox infection confirmed that the virus was transmitted primarily through the sexual activity of gay and bisexual men in the United States and around the world.
Last week, the Journal of New England Medicine published a study examining monkeypox infections in 16 countries from April to June, when cases began to occur outside of Africa.
Caden Pearson contributed to this report.