British tourist tested for monkeypox in Canary Islands

British tourist tested for monkeypox in Canary Islands

Dozens of cases of monkeypox have been reported in Spain (Image: Getty/Mega)

A British tourist is tested for monkeypox after arriving in the Canary Islands.

Spanish health chiefs in Fuerteventura confirmed the man is one of five suspected new cases.

His name and age are currently unknown but he is believed to be the first British tourist to be tested for the virus abroad.

“A suspected case of monkeypox in Fuerteventura affects a British tourist,” said the Canary Islands Health Service.

Officials have not yet confirmed if he has the virus or if he was vacationing alone on the island.

The number of monkeypox cases in England more than doubled to 56 yesterday.

British health chiefs say the outbreak is “significant and of concern” but stressed the risk to the general population remains low.

Playa de Morro Jable beach with green palm trees, views of the city and the Atlantic coast. Location of the Canary Island of Fuerteventura, Spain.

Health officials in Fuerteventura are investigating five suspected cases of monkeypox (Image: Getty/iStockphoto)

Spain has confirmed around 40 cases of monkeypox so far and said a further 67 people would be tested.

The outbreaks have been traced to an adult sauna in Madrid and a Pride festival in Gran Canaria, which drew 80,000 people from Britain and other European countries.

The senior medical advisor, Dr. Susan Hopkins warned British tourists to be “vigilant of the virus” while on holiday.

“The risk to the general population remains extremely low,” said Dr. Hopkins to the BBC.

“People need to pay attention to this, and we really want clinicians to pay attention to this.”

The disease is usually found in parts of central and west Africa and is rarely seen outside of the region.

However, cases have been recorded in the UK, US, Canada, Spain and Italy in recent weeks.

People who have developed a rash and frequently switch sexual partners are also urged to come forward and get a diagnosis.

Additional reporting by Gerard Couzens in Spain

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