Sri Lanka records first monkeypox case



A 20-year-old Sri Lankan youth returned from Dubai on November 01 had been diagnosed with monkeypox making it the first case of the virus detected in Sri Lanka.

The patient had visited the National STD Clinic for treatment due to enlarged lymph nodes and fatigue.

The doctors who had suspected that he may have contracted the virus had referred him to the Virology Department of the Medical Research Division.

The tests conducted had identified the specific genes for monkeypox in the patient.

He is currently receiving treatment at the National Institute of Infectious Diseases (IDH Hospital), Angoda.


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