Japan discovers country’s third monkey pox case at Yokota Air Base in Tokyo

Japan discovers country’s third monkeypox case at Yokota Air Base in Tokyo.

Japan, country, ’s third monkey pox case, Yokota Air Base

TOKYO — Japan’s third case of monkeypox has appeared at the U.S. airlift hub in western Tokyo, the country’s Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare announced Friday.

A man affiliated with Yokota Air Base went to the base hospital Thursday with symptoms of headache, chills, malaise and rash, according to the ministry. He tested positive Friday and remains hospitalized on the installation.

The man, who is in his 20s, had not traveled overseas since 2019, but recently had contact with a person visiting Japan for a short time, the ministry said.

The U.S. military reported the case to the Japanese government on Friday, according to the ministry. Officials with Yokota’s 374th Airlift Wing could not be immediately reached for comment early Saturday.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said more than 7,000 cases had been confirmed across the United States as of Thursday. Nearly 27,000 cases had been confirmed around the world.

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