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France reports first case of monkeypox

20 May 2022, 23:30 GMT+10

PARIS, May 20 (Xinhua) -- France reported the country's first case of monkeypox on Friday, with the patient being isolated at home.

France's Health Ministry confirmed the case after a PCR test was done on the patient on Thursday, French news channel BFMTV reported on Friday, adding that the patient is a 29-year-old man residing in the Ile-de-France region.

As his condition is not considered serious and worrying, the man is isolating at his home, the report said.

The health ministry noted the patient has not traveled to any other country which registered monkeypox cases recently.

The situation is "unusual," according to the ministry.

Cases of monkeypox have been reported in Britain, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, the United States and Canada.

Monkeypox is a viral disease that is unusual in humans. It spreads through close contact between humans and animals, and can also pass between humans after close contact.

Symptoms include fever, muscle pain, headache, swollen lymph nodes, fatigue and skin manifestations such as blisters.

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