British man loaded into helicopter after monkeypox diagnoses in Greece

British tourist, 30, is loaded into a Chinook helicopter in a sealed capsule after being ‘diagnosed with monkeypox’ on Greek island of Naxos

  • A British tourist was seen being airlifted to Athens over suspected monkeypox
  • The 30-year-old was contained in a sealed capsule and flown by helicopter
  • Greece confirmed its first monkeypox case this month as it spreads in Europe

A 30-year-old British tourist in Greece was rushed to hospital in a sealed capsule over fears they have monkeypox.

A video shows the moment the Brit is loaded onto a helicopter on the Greek island of Naxos, before they were flown to Athens.

According to ANT1, the tourist was on vacation on the island of Cyclades, when he first showed symptoms.

A British tourist in Greece was seen being transported by Chinook in an isolation pod (pictured) to Athens, after he was reportedly diagnosed with monkeypox

Several people helped load the man onto the helicopter yesterday on the island of Naxos

A local news channel showed the man had been rushed to the helicopter by land ambulance

The National Public Health Organization was immediately notified and the suspicious case was transported by Chinook helicopter on Tuesday afternoon.

The patient will remain for treatment at Attica Hospital for the next 20 days at least to undergo further examinations in a controlled environment, local outlets reported.

On June 8, Greece detected its first case of the monkeypox virus infection in a traveller.

As of June 15 the nation only had two reported cases, while the UK’s figure has rocketed over 800 cases.

The man appeared to be transferred in or something similar to an EpiShuttle (pictured), which aids in medical isolation and transportation

Officials are urging gay and bisexual men to be aware of new lesions, rashes or scabs and get in contact with a sexual health clinic

The infection often starts with small bumps that scab over and are contagious

Anyone can catch the virus, which is spread by close contact with an infected person. But most cases in the ongoing surge are among the ‘sexual networks’ of men who have sex with men.

Monkeypox, which will be renamed because of claims that it is discriminatory towards Africa, is not normally a sexually-transmitted infection.

But it is thought to be the main mode of transmission in the ongoing outbreak.

The virus, first discovered in lab monkeys in the 1950s, can also be spread through touching clothing, bedding or towels used by someone who is infected.

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