JAKARTA, Aug 20, 2022 (WAM) — Indonesia has confirmed its first monkeypox infection detected in a person returning from an unidentified country with documented cases, a health ministry spokesman said. said on Saturday.

A 27-year-old man tested positive in the capital Jakarta late on Friday, Reuters quoted Mohammad Syahril at a news conference.

The Indonesian citizen, who is “well” and showing only mild symptoms, said he did not disclose where the patient came from as he self-isolated at home.

“We are conducting close contact tracing studies and will continue to monitor them.”

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

WAM/Amjad Saleh

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