Third case of monkeypox confirmed in Slovenia

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Ljubljana – After the first two cases of monkeypox were confirmed in Slovenia about a week ago, the National Institute of Public Health said on Thursday that three infections had been confirmed so far. Epidemiological procedures are under way.

The first case was confirmed on 24 May in a man who returned from the Canary Islands. The patient developed symptoms after arriving in Slovenia, but was said to be feeling fine.

A day later, another case was reported, also in a person who arrived from Spain.

The same day, the government took a decision on including monkeypox in a group of infectious diseases under which all healthcare providers are required to report any new case to health authorities to enable contact tracing.

Monkeypox has been spreading in non-endemic countries in the West as several countries in North America and Europe have been reporting outbreaks since the start of May.