The government of the president Nicholas Maduro reported on Sunday the first case of monkeypox recorded in Venezuela in a traveler from Spain.
The Ministry of Health announced that the first case of the disease in the country was detected at the international airport Simon Bolivar of Caracaslocated off the central coast of Venezuela.
The patient had contact with two infected in Barcelona, the ministry said in a statement. Upon arrival in the South American country, and given the indications that he had been exposed to the virus, “He was immediately isolated, the pertinent tests were carried out and a sample was taken, showing a positive result, with stable health conditions”he pointed out in the text, without giving other details.
Venezuelan health authorities are tracking the chain of infections to establish an epidemiological fence, the ministry added.
More than two dozen countries that had no history of monkeypox have recently reported cases.
This disease is endemic in parts of Africa, where it has been known since at least the 1970s, and has been a concern on that continent for years. It does not usually spread easily between people.