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First monkeypox case confirmed in Indonesia: Health ministry

The health ministry announced on Saturday that Indonesia has officially confirmed its first case of monkeypox.

As of August 5, neighbouring Singapore had confirmed 15 cases of monkeypox since last month. Thailand and the Philippines have also reported cases elsewhere in Southeast Asia.

More than 40,000 confirmed cases of monkeypox, including a few fatal cases, have been reported in more than 80 countries where the virus is not endemic. As a result, the World Health Organization has declared a global health emergency.

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