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26 May 2022 - 16:43
Official: No Trace of Monkeypox in Iran Yet

A senior Iranian health official said that no case of monkeypox has yet been reported in the country's medical centers.

No positive case of monkeypox has been detected in the country, Head of the human-animal transmissible diseases control group of the Iranian Health Ministry Behzad Amiri said on Wednesday.

He also said tests proved that all suspected cases of monkeypox have turned out to be chickenpox.

The official noted that suspected cases are carefully studied at healthcare centers.

The number of confirmed cases of monkeypox worldwide has reached 219 outside of countries where it is endemic, according to an update released by the European Union's disease agency.

More than a dozen countries where monkeypox is unusual, mostly in Europe, have reported at least one confirmed case, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) said in an epidemiological note released Wednesday night.

"This is the first time that chains of transmission are reported in Europe without known epidemiological links to West or Central Africa, where this disease is endemic," the note said.

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