Alarm for monkey line even in Spain
Health authorities in Spain have issued an alert for a possible monkey pox outbreak after eight men showed symptoms similar to the viral infection, which has already been detected in the UK and Portugal.
A spokesman for Madrid's regional health department said the suspected cases were being analyzed by the National Center for Microbiology to get a final diagnosis.
Portuguese authorities have confirmed five cases and are investigating 15 other suspected cases.
The first of seven cases registered in the UK involved a person who had recently been to Nigeria, where he is believed to have been infected with the infection.
Early symptoms of monkey pox include fever, headache, muscle aches, swollen lymph nodes. Acne that can look like chickenpox or syphilis can develop and spread from the face to other parts of the body, including the genitals. Most people recover within a few weeks.