Australia reports probable case of monkeypox infection

FILE PHOTO: The palms of a monkeypox case patient from Lodja, a city located within the Katako-Kombe Health Zone, are seen during a health investigation in the Democratic Republic of Congo in 1997. Brian W.J. Mahy/CDC/Handout via REUTERS

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australian authorities on Friday said they had identified a probable case of monkeypox in a recently returned traveller to Europe, with confirmatory testing underway.

A man in his 40s developed a mild illness several days after arriving back in Sydney with symptoms clinically compatible with monkeypox, New South Wales state health department said.

The man and a household contact are isolating at home, it said in a statement.

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