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Turkey registers first case of monkeypox: health minister

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Turkey has detected its first case of monkeypox in a 37-year-old patient who is in isolation, Reuters reported, citing Health Minister Fahrettin Koca on Thursday.

The virus has been identified in more than 50 new countries outside the countries in Africa where it is endemic. The World Health Organization (WHO) says cases are also rising in those countries, calling for testing to be ramped up.

“Monkeypox has been detected in one of our patients. The patient is 37 years old and has an immune system deficiency,” Koca wrote on Twitter.

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