Japanese man associated with US Air Base confirmed to have monkeypox

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Japanese man associated with US Air Base confirmed to have monkeypox

TOKYO - A man associated with the U.S. military's Yokota Air Base in suburban Tokyo has been confirmed to have the monkeypox, the Japanese health ministry announced on August 5.

The man in his 20s, a resident of Tokyo, is the third person confirmed to have monkeypox in Japan. He was seen in a medical facility at Yokota Air Base on Aug. 4 and was hospitalized, according to the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry. As the United States claimed it was unable to conduct swift testing, Japan provided a checkup, and the man tested positive.

The man is complaining of a headache, fatigue and a rash. He hasn't traveled outside Japan since 2019, authorities have confirmed that he had been in contact with people who were visiting Japan on short stays before he developed symptoms.

On August 5, the Japanese government and the Tokyo Metropolitan Government received the information on the man's case.