The Venezuelan government said on Sunday that it has registered its first case of monkeypox in a man who arrived from Madrid at the country’s main airport near Caracas.
Contact tracing is underway, according to Health Minister Magaly Gutierrez on Twitter.
“He was immediately isolated, the pertinent tests were carried out and samples were taken, giving a positive result,” the ministry said in a statement.
The age of the guy was not confirmed by the authorities.
Argentina was the first nation in Latin America to certify a case of monkeypox.
Outside of the endemic regions of western and central Africa, Spain, the United Kingdom, and Portugal have reported the most instances of the relatively mild illness.