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Spain and Portugal reports Monkeypox infections

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MADRID, May 19: The Spanish Health Ministry has recorded seven monkeypox infection cases and 22 suspected other in the Spanish capital, Madrid, Spanish National Television (TVE) said Thursday. By using the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) technique, seven samples were analyzed from patients suspected of having monkeypox, TVE added, quoting sources in the Health Ministry, pointing out that the results were positive, while confirming that they are preliminary results waiting analysis of the genetic sequence test. Portugal identified nine new cases of the monkeypox viral infection

TVE quoted local authorities in Madrid region as saying that they are monitoring 22 other suspected cases of monkeypox, noting that the results will be known in the next few days. Those who are infected are in good health except for two who were admitted to hospital to provide health care for them, added TVE. Monkeypox is a rare viral disease of zoonotic origin characterized by fever, headache, swollen lymph nodes, exhaustion, and progresses to a rash on the face and body.(KUNA)

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