The monkeypox virus. Photo: Google

By THE PULSE NEWS MEXICO STAFF

The first confirmed case of monkeypox in Mexico was diagnosed on Saturday, May 28, Mexican Undersecretary of Public Health Hugo López-Gatel reported.

An extremely rare disease, monkeypox is a much less severe cousin of smallpox, and has recently begun spreading beyond Africa around the globe.

So far, more than 250 cases have been reported in at least 16 countries, according to the World Health Organization.

The case in Mexico was detected in a 50-year-old man in Mexico City, who is a permanent resident of New York City and who was probably infected in the Netherlands.

The patient is now in isolation and stable condition, López-Gattell said.

Monkeypox is mostly spread by direct skin-to-skin contact, usually among gay and bisexulal men. It is not spread by air, water or food. Consequently, contagion is low.

Monkeypox has an incubation period of one to two weeks, though it can take up to 21 days for symptoms to develop in people who have contracted the virus.

People with monkeypox typically begin to notice a fever, a rash and lesions with other symptoms similar to the flu.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), monkeypox was first discovered in 1958, in African monkey colonies.

The first human case was recorded in 1970 in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Since then, the virus has been diagnosed in humans in central and various western African countries.

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