Japan Records Second Monkeypox Case

Japan confirmed its second monkeypox case on Thursday after a man in his 30s tested positive for the virus in Tokyo.

Tokyo Metropolitan Government said the patient lived in North Carolina before arriving in Japan late in July.

Officials said the man could have gotten the virus abroad, saying he started experiencing fatigue before entering Japan. His other symptoms include a rash in the mouth, a headache, and muscle pain.

Officials denied that the second patient came into contact with the first confirmed case in Tokyo.

On Monday, Japan’s health ministry confirmed the first monkeypox case in the country. A man in his 30s reportedly made close contact with a person who was later diagnosed with monkeypox.

Health authorities said Japan’s first monkeypox patient traveled to Europe from late June to mid-July.

After confirming the first monkeypox case on Tuesday, Minister of Health, Labor, and Welfare Goto Shigeyuki said Japan had strengthened its domestic surveillance system, requesting local government and medical institutions to report suspected monkeypox cases. He added that there is a sufficient stock of smallpox vaccine, “which is effective in preventing the onset and aggravation of monkeypox after exposure.”

On July 23, the World Health Organization declared monkeypox a public health emergency of international concern.

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