Monkeypox: Japan reports first case

TOKYO – Japan has detected its first case of monkeypox virus in Tokyo, the capital’s governor said on Monday.

The infected person is a man in his 30s who returned from Europe and is currently receiving treatment at the hospital, Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike told reporters.

The World Health Organization on Saturday said the rapidly spreading outbreak of monkeypox is a global health emergency.

To date, there have been more than 16,000 cases of monkeypox in more than 75 countries, and five deaths in Africa.

The virus is spread by close contact and tends to cause flu-like symptoms and pus-filled skin lesions.

(Reporting by Sakura Murakami and Sam Nussey; Editing by Toby Chopra and Mark Porter)

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