Five monkeypox cases in men found as outbreak spreads

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LISBON (AP):

Portuguese health authorities on Wednesday confirmed five cases of monkeypox in young men, and Britain announced another two, marking an unusual outbreak in Europe of a disease typically limited to Africa.

Portugal’s General Directorate for Health said they were also investigating 15 suspected cases, and that all were identified this month in the area around the capital, Lisbon.

All the Portuguese cases involve men, most of them young, authorities said. They have skin lesions and were reported to be in stable condition. Authorities did not say if the men had a history of travel to Africa or any links with recent cases in Britain or elsewhere.

British health authorities said on Wednesday they had identified two new cases of monkeypox, one in London and another in southeast England. They said neither case had previously travelled to Africa, and that it was possible they were infected in the UK. The cases had no known links to other previously confirmed patients, suggesting there may be multiple chains of monkeypox transmission already happening in the country.

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