August 24, 2022 | By Coin O. Jarrett |
Cuba confirmed its first case of Monkeypox on Saturday, after detecting the viral disease in a tourist who had arrived from Italy last week.
The country’s public health officials say the Italian stayed in a rental home and travelled to various destinations in the western provinces of the Caribbean island nation before falling ill.
He sought medical attention on Thursday after presenting symptoms, including skin lesions and then fell into cardiac arrest, from which he recovered. The patient remains in critical condition.
The World Health Organization, WHO has declared the Monkeypox outbreak a global health emergency with 40,000 confirmed cases, including a handful of deaths, in over 80 countries where the virus is not endemic.