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Monkeypox cases reported from 2 Asian countries amid pandemic fears

CNN.  Thirteen of his close contacts have been identified and contact tracing is underway, the ministry said.  A South Korean citizen, who recently traveled to Germany, was found to be infected with monkeypox. Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency said that the patient is now being treated at a facility in Seoul.

He had reported having a headache before flying and had developed a fever, sore throat, fatigue and skin lesions on arrival in the country. Meanwhile, South Korea said it was also investigating a second suspected case involving a foreigner who entered the country on Monday and was taken to a hospital in the city of Busan after experiencing symptoms and developing a blistering skin lesion.

A surge of monkeypox cases has been detected since May outside of the West and Central African countries where the disease has long been endemic. Most of the new cases have been in Western Europe.

"The outbreak of monkeypox continues to primarily affect men who have sex with men who have reported recent sex with new or multiple partners," the WHO said. Some 84 percent of the cases have been found in Europe, with the most cases being reported from Britain, Spain, Germany, Portugal, Canada and France.

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