Slovenian health officials confirmed the first case of monkeypox infection in the Alpine country on Tuesday, which occurred in a visitor returning from Spain’s Canary Islands.

According to Mario Fafangel, director of the National Centre for Infectious Diseases, the man was not hospitalized as he suffered a mild strain of the West African viral disease. Fafangel predicted that the chain of transmission would be broken quickly in Slovenia and that anyone who had contact with the infected person should be on high alert for the next 21 days.

He went on to say that,  with the exception of those who work with the virus in laboratories, the general public did not need to be immunized.

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