Sudan has reported its first case of the monkeypox virus that was detected in the Darfur region.
According to the Sudan Ministry of Health, the first case was detected in a 16-year student in the West Darfur region and confirmed by the National Laboratory for Public Health (STAC) in Khartoum.
“There were 38 suspected cases in the country, but all of them were negative except in Western Darfur,” said Montaser Mohamed Osman, Director of the Infectious Disease Outbreak Department at the Federal Ministry of Health.
The Ministry has since revealed that they are working hard to determine the student’s contacts to limit the spread of the virus.
Since May, over 75 countries have since reported outbreaks of monkeypox triggering the World Health Organization to declare the epidemic a global health emergency.
Monkeypox spreads from person to person through close contact with someone who has a monkeypox rash, including through face-to-face, skin-to-skin, mouth-to-mouth or mouth-to-skin contact, including sexual contact and causes fever, body aches, chills and fatigue in most patients.