A woman in Israel has been diagnosed with Monkeypox, making it the first female case in the country ever since the recent outbreak.
According to Sunday figures from the Health Ministry, 233 people have been diagnosed with monkeypox since the virus arrived in the country in May, while 2,700 people have been vaccinated against it.
The ministry said the woman was diagnosed after she came into close contact with a suspected case.
Until now, cases have been almost exclusively among men who have sex with men, and vaccines have so far only been eligible to those in this demographic who are considered at the highest risk. Around 5,000 vaccines have arrived so far, and Israel is expected to receive 5,000 more in the coming weeks.
Worldwide, the WHO tallied 5,907 new weekly cases and said two countries, Iran and Indonesia, reported their first cases. To date, more than 45,000 cases have been reported in 98 countries since late April.
This being said, the UN health agency reported a 21 percent decrease in the number of monkeypox cases reported worldwide, reversing a month-long trend of rising infections and signaling that Europe’s outbreak may be waning.