France says first suspected case of monkeypox detected in Paris region

PARIS, May 19 (Reuters) - A first suspected case of the monkeypox virus on French territory has been detected in the Paris/Ile-de-France region, the French Health Ministry said on Thursday, amid signs of the virus' spreading around the world.

Monkeypox is a virus that causes fever symptoms as well as a distinctive bumpy rash. It is usually mild, although there are two main strains: the Congo strain, which is more severe – with up to 10% mortality – and the West African strain, which has a fatality rate in about 1% of cases. read more

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Reporting by Sudip Kar-Gupta; Editing by Leslie Adler

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