Turkey has detected its first case of monkeypox in a 37-year-old patient who is in isolation, Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said on Thursday.
The virus has been identified in more than 50 new countries outside the countries in Africa where it is endemic. The World Health Organization says cases are also rising in those countries, calling for testing to be ramped up.
“Monkeypox has been detected in one of our patients. The patient is 37 years old and has an immune system deficiency,” Koca wrote on Twitter.
WHO SAYS MONKEYPOX RISK ASSESSED AS ‘MODERATE’He said the patient was in isolation and contact follow-up had been conducted, with no other case found.
WHO: MONKEYPOX BECOMING ‘ESTABLISHED’ IN NON-ENDEMIC COUNTRIES IS ‘REAL’ RISK
Last week, the WHO ruled that the outbreak did not yet represent a public health emergency, its highest level of alert.