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Sudan Reports First Confirmed Monkeypox Case

Sudan Reports First Confirmed Monkeypox Case

Monday, 1 August, 2022 - 03:45
Test tube labelled monkeypox virus positive. Reuters file photo

Sudan reported its first confirmed Monkeypox case, the country's health ministry said late on Sunday.

A 16-year-old student was confirmed sick with the disease in West Darfur state, the ministry said in a statement posted on its Facebook page.

The ministry said there were at least 38 suspected cases of monkeypox and all tested negative to the virus but one in West Darfur. It said health authorities were working to determine the student's contacts to limit the spread of the virus.

An outbreak of monkeypox could be devastating for Sudan, which suffered from decades of conflict in Darfur and other parts of the country, and international isolation. The East African nation is in turmoil since a military coup last year derailed its short-lived transition to democracy.

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