On Sunday, the Venezuelan authorities announced the first case of monkeypox in the country, which was contracted by a guy who arrived from Madrid at the country’s main airport in Caracas.
Health Minister Magaly Gutierrez announced on Twitter that contact tracking is underway.
“He was immediately isolated, and the relevant tests and samples were obtained, yielding a positive result,” the ministry said in a statement.
The man’s age was unknown to the administration.
The first case of monkeypox in Latin America was confirmed in Argentina.
Outside of the endemic areas of western and central Africa, the disease has been recorded in most cases in Spain, the United Kingdom, and Portugal.