Dominican Republic confirms first case of monkeypox

Test tubes labeled "Monkeypox virus positive" are seen in this illustration with the Dominican Republic has confirmed its first case of monkeypox 

Test tubes labeled “Monkeypox virus positive” are seen in this illustration taken May 23, 2022. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration

SANTO DOMINGO — The Dominican Republic has confirmed its first case of monkeypox in a patient who arrived in late June from the United States, Health Minister Daniel Rivera said on Wednesday.

The 25-year-old man arrived in Santo Domingo on June 28, and shortly afterward was notified that a person with whom he had been in contact in the United States was infected with the disease.

“He made himself available to infectious disease doctors and was kept in isolation” at the Air Force hospital, Rivera said at a press conference.

Health authorities are observing four other people, including relatives who had been in close contact with the patient since his arrival in Santo Domingo, Rivera said.


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