Second Monkeypox Case in Greece, Heath Officials Tracking

ATHENS – A second person believed to have contracted monkeypox was identified in Greece, said the National Public Health Organization (EODY) which will make updates weekly on Thursdays.

The man, 47, wasn’t ientified but Kathimerini said he had recently traveled to Spain and was isolated in a hospital and in stable conditioin after initial tests said he was infected, including a range of  “non-variola orthopox” viruses.

Further lab analyses of genetic material at Thessaloniki’s Aristotle University Medical School will be performed to determine whether the illness is, indeed, monkeypox, EODY said.

The report came three days after the first case was found in a patient who had traveled to Portugal and was hospitalized, and samples sent for further analysis to detect the gravity, said Reuters.

Monkeypox is a rare viral infection similar to human smallpox. Symptoms include fever, headaches and skin rashes but it isn’t as deadly as COVID-19, the Coronavirus that has killed more than 30,000 people in Greece.


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