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Japan’s National Institute of Infectious Diseases in Tokyo reports that the total monkeypox, or mpox cases in the country has topped 100, reporting 102 cases through April 19.

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The latest case, not included in the national total above, was reported in Kanagawa Prefecture on April 21, the second case for the prefecture. The patient is a male in his 30s with no history of overseas travel. He presented with symptoms of fever, rash and anal pain.

His condition is stable.

On July 25, 2022, the first case of monkeypox in Japan was reported in Tokyo. Japan reported only eight cases in 2022.

Monkeypox is an acute exanthematous disease caused by the monkeypox virus. Rodents such as squirrels that inhabit the African continent are considered to be the natural hosts, and infection has been confirmed by being bitten by an infected animal or coming into contact with the blood, body fluids, or skin lesions (rash area) of an infected animal. Mainly contact with skin lesions, bodily fluids, or blood of an infected person or animal (including sexual contact), face-to-face contact with a patient and exposure to droplets for a long period of time, bedding used by the patient, etc.

The incubation period for monkeypox is 6 to 13 days (maximum 5 to 21 days). A rash appears after 3 days and heals within 2 to 4 weeks after onset.

If you have a fever, rash, etc., consult a nearby medical institution, and take basic infection control measures such as hand disinfection.

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