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South Africa Identifies Monkeypox Case in Gauteng, Institute says

  • Infected man identified in the economic hub of Johannesburg
  • No recent travel history recorded as contact tracing begins
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South Africa has identified its first case of monkeypox since a global outbreak began as the viral disease spreads to non-endemic countries on the continent.

The case was found in a 30-year-old man with no recent travel history in the economic hub of Gauteng, the National Institute for Communicable Diseases said in a statement on Thursday. Contact tracing has begun, the institute said. The case was in Johannesburg, the city authorities said.