Ireland reports its first confirmed case of monkeypox

Ireland reports its first confirmed case of monkeypox

The HSE said it was not unexpected that Ireland had reported its first case of monkeypox, after the virus was reported in other countries (Image: Getty/Reuters)

Ireland has identified its first confirmed case of monkeypox, the Health Service Executive (HSE) said.

The infection was reported in the east of the country on Friday night without the patient having to be hospitalized.

Another suspected case is also being investigated and test results are expected shortly, health officials said.

A public health risk assessment has been carried out and advice is being given to those who have been in contact with the person on what to do if they too fall ill.

In a statement, HSE said: “The Health Protection Surveillance Center was informed last night of a confirmed case of monkeypox in Ireland in the east of the country.

“This was not unexpected following the emergence of monkeypox cases in the UK and many European countries.

“Public health is following those who had close contact with the person with monkeypox while they were contagious.

“To protect patient confidentiality, no further information about this individual is being provided.”

Monkey Pox Warning Sign Metro Graphics

Symptoms of monkeypox often followed by a rash (Image: Metro Graphics)

It comes after 16 more cases of the virus were identified in England on Friday, health officials said.

The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) said the new cases bring the total number of cases identified in England to 101 and 106 in the UK since May 7.

There have been three confirmed cases in Scotland, one in Wales and one in Northern Ireland.

The first cases of monkeypox in Wales and Northern Ireland were recorded on Thursday, while Scotland confirmed two more cases.

According to the World Health Organization, nearly 200 cases have been reported in more than 20 countries that are not normally known to have outbreaks of the virus.

Monkeypox symptoms often begin with a fever, headache, muscle aches and swollen lymph nodes, and fatigue.

After the onset of symptoms, people usually develop a rash that can appear anywhere on the body, but often on the face or genitals.

Anyone developing symptoms or fearing they may have contracted monkeypox is urged to contact their local sexual health clinic or call NHS 111.

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