Colombia reports first cases of monkeypox

Illustration shows test tubes labelled "Monkeypox virus positive and negative\
Test tubes labelled "Monkeypox virus positive and negative" are seen in this illustration taken May 23, 2022. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration

BOGOTA, June 24 (Reuters) - Colombia confirmed its first three cases of monkeypox in adults who had traveled from Europe and are now in quarantine, the country's health ministry said.

Two of the cases were found in the capital Bogota, and the third was found in Colombia's second city, Medellin.

Monkeypox is a disease that causes fever symptoms, a distinctive bumpy rash, and back and muscle pain, as well as other symptoms, the health ministry said late on Thursday.

Argentina was the first country in Latin America to report cases of the disease, followed by Brazil, Mexico, Venezuela and Chile.

Reporting by Luis Jaime Acosta; Writing by Oliver Griffin; Editing by Jonathan Oatis

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