Monkeypox: First case of virus identified in Ireland, Health Service Executive says

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The first confirmed case of monkeypox has been identified in Ireland, health officials have said

In a statement the Health Service Executive (HSE) said: "The Health Protection Surveillance Centre was notified last night of a confirmed case of monkeypox in Ireland, in the east of the country.

"This person has not been hospitalised. This was not unexpected following the presence of monkeypox cases in the UK and many European countries.

"Public Health is following up those who had close contact with the person with monkeypox while they were infectious. In order to maintain patient confidentiality, no further information about this person will be provided.

"A suspected case is also being investigated and test results are awaited.

"A public health risk assessment has been undertaken and those who were in contact with the person are being advised on what to do in the event that they become ill."

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