The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has become the first Gulf country to record a monkeypox case. The Czech Republic and Slovenia also reported their first cases on Tuesday. The virus has spread to 18 other countries outside Africa.
That number is expected to rise further, but experts say the overall risk to the general population is low. Outbreaks have been reported in Europe, Australia, and the United States.
Symptoms often include fever and scarring – but the infection is usually mild. According to UAE health officials, a traveler who recently visited West Africa has contracted the virus and is currently receiving treatment.