Cases of the ‘very unusual’ disease have been confirmed in Italy and Sweden A health officer stands in front of a monkeypox virus information at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Tangerang near Jakarta, Indonesia. © Anton Raharja / Anadolu Agency / Getty Images

The US and European countries like Spain, Portugal, the UK, Italy, and Sweden confirmed cases of monkeypox, a rare African disease, this Thursday.

Doctors at Spallanzani hospital in Rome said they had diagnosed one person with monkeypox after his return from a trip to the Canary Islands. Two more cases are suspected, but not confirmed, according to reports by Reuters and the Italian daily newspaper La Repubblica.

Meanwhile, Sweden has confirmed a case of monkeypox in the Stockholm region, according to a Swedish Public Health Agency press statement.

“The person in Sweden who has been confirmed to be infected with the virus is not seriously ill, but has received care,” Swedish health official Klara Sondén said in the statement. “We do not yet know where the person became infected,” she said, adding that the investigation is ongoing to determine the extent of the “very unusual” disease. (RT)