Hong Kong has recorded its first case of monkeypox, in a 30-year-old man who was in hotel quarantine after arriving in the territory and showed symptoms of the disease, health officials said on Tuesday. .
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The patient, who arrived in Hong Kong on Monday, was hospitalized after saying he felt unwell, said one of those officials, Edwin Tsui.
He had no contact with the local population and was categorized as an imported case, he added, assuring that the risk of seeing Hong Kong residents infected was “very low”.
Travelers arriving in Hong Kong must undergo a three-day quarantine in a hotel as part of the “zero Covid” strategy to combat the coronavirus pandemic.
The monkeypox patient had been in the United States for most of August before spending a week in Canada and then traveling to the Philippines before coming to Hong Kong.
He showed symptoms including rashes, swollen lymph nodes and a sore throat in the week before he was hospitalized, according to health officials.
Hong Kong will raise its alert level for monkeypox and notify the case to the World Health Organization (WHO) as well as mainland China, officials said.