Mexican health officials verified the country’s first imported case of monkeypox on Saturday, which was discovered in the capital city.
“This is a 50-year-old person, a permanent resident of New York City, who was probably infected in the Netherlands,” said Undersecretary of Prevention and Health Promotion Hugo Lopez-Gatell.
The person “is stable and in preventive isolation,” the Mexican official said on Twitter, expressing the hope that the person “will recover without complications.”
He also said that monkeypox is transmitted through direct, person-to-person contact.
“The efficiency of contagion is low, so there are usually isolated cases or small outbreaks, not generalized epidemics,” he added.
The Mexican Ministry of Health advised individuals to continue washing their hands often and to wear a medical mask when coming into direct contact with a sick person.
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