Turkey reports first case of monkeypox, health minister says

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Turkey discovered This is the first case of monkeypox in a 37-year-old patient in isolation, Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said on Thursday.

The virus has been identified in more than 50 new countries outside of Africa, where it is endemic. World Health Organization says cases are also on the rise in those countries, calling for more testing.

“One of our patients was found to have monkeypox. The patient is 37 years old and has a deficient immune system,” Koca wrote on Twitter.

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He said the patient was isolated and contact observation was made and no other cases were found.

Monkeypox virus has been identified in more than 50 new countries outside of Africa, where it is endemic.

Monkeypox virus has been identified in more than 50 new countries outside of Africa, where it is endemic.

WHO estimates that since the outbreak began in May, there have been more than 3,400 cases of monkeypox and one death, mostly in Europe among men who have sex with men. This year has also seen more than 1,500 cases and 66 deaths in countries where it commonly spreads.

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The WHO ruled last week that the outbreak was not yet represent a public health emergencyits highest level of readiness.