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Health Ministry confirms 5th monkeypox case in Israel

This 2003 electron microscope image made available by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows mature, oval-shaped monkeypox virions, left, and spherical immature virions, right, obtained from a sample of human skin. (Cynthia S. Goldsmith, Russell Regner/CDC via AP)
This 2003 electron microscope image made available by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows mature, oval-shaped monkeypox virions, left, and spherical immature virions, right, obtained from a sample of human skin. (Cynthia S. Goldsmith, Russell Regner/CDC via AP)

A fifth monkeypox case has been confirmed in Israel, the Health Ministry says.

The newest patient is a man in his 30s who recently returned from abroad and showed up at Ichilov Hospital in Tel Aviv with symptoms, according to the ministry. The case was confirmed to be monkeypox after a lab test at the Israel Institute for Biological Research.

As the disease spreads across Europe, the World Health Organization is slated to convene a meeting next week to decide whether to declare the outbreak an international health emergency.

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