Indonesia confirms first monkeypox case in citizen returning from abroad

JAKARTA, Aug 20 – Indonesia has confirmed its first monkeypox infection, detected in a person who had returned from an unidentified country with documented cases, a health ministry spokesman said on Saturday.

The 27-year-old male tested positive in the capital Jakarta late on Friday, Mohammad Syahril told a news conference.

The Indonesian national, who is doing “well” and showing only mild symptoms, is self-isolated at home, said Syahril, who did not say where the patient had come from.

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“We have followed up with tracing of close contacts and will check up on them,” he said, adding that the government is procuring around 10,000 vaccines for monkeypox.

The health ministry is urging calm and has reassured the public that monkeypox is treatable.

 It has tested 22 suspected cases from across the country, all of which were negative.

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Neighboring Singapore reported its first local monkeypox case last month and confirmed 15 cases as of Aug 5. Elsewhere in Southeast Asia, the Philippines and Thailand have also confirmed cases. read more

The World Health Organization has declared a global health emergency, with more than 40,000 confirmed cases of monkeypox, including a handful of deaths, in over 80 countries where the virus is not endemic.

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