The Czech Republic, Austria, and Slovenia have all reported their first cases of monkeypox, according to health officials.
According to Pavel Dlouhy, head of the Czech Society for Infectious Diseases, the ailment was discovered in a man at Prague’s Military University Hospital.
“It was only a matter of time,” Dlouhy told AFP. “We had been expecting this for days.”
The ill Czech showed symptoms of the disease after returning from a music festival in Antwerp, Belgium in early May, according to the Czech National Institute of Public Health.
A man who was admitted to a Vienna hospital on Sunday with signs of monkeypox, including fever, has been confirmed as having contracted the disease, according to the capital’s health officials.
Several European and North American countries, including the United Kingdom, France, and the United States, have reported cases of the rare virus, which is endemic in parts of Africa.
Medical experts, on the other hand, believe that the disease’s spread is unlikely.