A 30-year-old Israeli man recently returned from abroad has been diagnosed with monkeypox. The man was hospitalized in Tel Aviv on Friday and later released. Saturday verified his infection. The new illness came a week after Israel’s first case, in a 30-year-old man returning from western Europe.

Doctors ruled out two more suspected cases last Sunday, the Health Ministry said.

Fever, muscle aches, swollen lymph nodes, chills, tiredness, and chickenpox-like rash are symptoms.

Sylvie Briand, director of the WHO’s Pandemic and Epidemic Diseases Department, told the World Health Assembly on Friday that researchers don’t know if the outbreak has hit the “top of the iceberg” or if there are many more unreported cases.

While warning of future cases, she urged the public not to panic, saying the ailment was “nothing to worry about. ” Not COVID or other fast-spreading diseases. ”WHO researcher said more cases are predicted in countries where monkeypox is rare.

We foresee more cases, Dr. Maria Van Kerkhove said in a social media Q&A. We want more surveillance. It’s manageable. In non-endemic countries, it can be contained. She called for “more surveillance” but said the outbreak is “containable. “Van Kerkhove: “It will be challenging, but non-endemic countries can contain it. “Israeli officials downplayed the virus’s risk. Dr. Sharon Alroy-Preis, head of public health services for the Health Ministry, counseled calm and stated the latest viral outbreak was not a serious health danger.

Monkeypox usually clears up after two to four weeks, according to the WHO. Israel diagnosed a case of the virus in 2018, but no community infections resulted.

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