The first monkeypox suspicious cases has been detected in Greece. Affected is reportedly a 29-year-old foreign national who together with his partner was having vacation on the island of Kefalonia in the Ionian Sea.
According to media reports on Saturday night, the man from the United Kingdom has skin rashes and other symptoms reminiscent of those of monkeypox.
Health authorities in Kefalonia who have examined and evaluated the incident, describe as “suspect for monkeypox.”
The man is scheduled to be transferred from Kefalonia to Attikon hospital in western Athens tonight and arrive in the Greek capital after midnight Saturday.
He will be reportedly transferred in a special capsule with negative pressure such as those used for transport of Covid-19 patients, for the protection of public health.
His partner is asymptomatic, however, she is considered as considered as “contact” of the suspect case. She will be transferred to the Greek capital, as well, with the same ambulance aircraft C-130.
In Attikon hospital it will be determined whether the British tourist is indeed infected with the Monkeypox virus.
Nevertheless, the ambulance service EKAV has decided that the strict health protocol that applies to infectious diseases must be applied.
In an announcement issued late on Saturday, the National Health Care organization EOPY has confirmed the media reports saying:
“A suspected case of possible infection with monkeypox is being investigated. It is an English tourist who, together with his companion, asymptomatic, are to be transferred to Attikon hospital in order to be treated in negative pressure rooms.
EODY has received samples for confirmatory examination and they were sent to a reference laboratory. Results will be available on Monday”, May 23, 20220.
Greece’s top epidemiologist, professor for infectious diseases, Sotiris Tsiodras will be in charge of the case.
More than 80 cases of monkey pox have been confirmed in at least 12 countries.
The World Health Organization has said another 50 suspected cases are being investigated – without naming any countries – and warned that more cases are likely to be reported.
Infections have been confirmed in nine European countries including UK, Germany, Netherlands, Spain and France, as well as the US, Canada and Australia.
Monkeypox is most common in remote parts of Central and West Africa.
It is a rare viral infection which is usually mild and from which most people recover in a few weeks, according to health organizations in several countries.
The virus does not spread easily between people and the risk to the wider public is said to be very low, reports BBC.