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The Japanese Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare confirmed its first case of monkeypox case in man in his 30s from Tokyo.

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He returned from Europe and has a history of contact with a person diagnosed with monkeypox in Europe.

He started to feel unwell on July 15 and experienced symptoms of fever, a headache and a rash. The man is currently hospitalized at a Tokyo hospital.

At a press conference today, officials said concerning the possibility that community-acquired infections are spreading in Japan, he said, “It depends on the investigation. We will ask the local government to conduct the investigation and respond based on it.”

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Regarding the treatment, the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare said that it would “consult with the patient” whether to use the smallpox drug, Tecovirimat (TPOXX®). If the patient chooses, he suggested that he would consider whether it could be administered as a specific clinical study.