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Health Ministry confirms man who returned from Europe has monkeypox

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 30-year-old man hospitalized at the Ichilov Hospital in Tel Aviv was confirmed to be infected with monkeypox, after having returned from Western Europe, the Health Ministry says.

The ministry says he continues to be in good condition and is being isolated and monitored. On Friday, the ministry said his case was only suspected.

The Health Ministry says it calls on those who recently returned from abroad and are experiencing symptoms to contact their doctor.

The virus, which causes distinctive pustules but is rarely fatal, has previously been seen in Central and West Africa.

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