Mainland China has reported its first imported monkeypox case, marking its first known infection of the disease amid the recent global outbreak of the virus.

The Chinese city of Chongqing reported one case of the monkeypox virus infection in an individual who arrived from abroad.

The transmission risk is low, as the individual was put in quarantine upon arrival, the municipal health commission said in a statement.

All close contacts have been isolated and are under medical observation.

The person concerned entered the city in transit from abroad and showed symptoms, such as a skin rash, during their quarantine period for Covid-19, according to the statement.

The latest Irish data shows that the HPSC has been notified of 173 confirmed cases of monkeypox as of 10 September.

Among all 173 cases, the gender of the majority of cases (171) is male and two cases are female, and the median age is 35.

Around 90 countries where monkeypox is not endemic have reported outbreaks of the viral disease, which the World Health Organization has declared a global health emergency.

There have been more than 60,000 confirmed cases reported, and some non-endemic countries have reported their first related deaths.

The Health Service Executive has established a Monkeypox Crisis Management Team to coordinate the multiagency, multidisciplinary response to the outbreak in Ireland.

The monkeypox virus, which is transmitted through close contact with infected people, animals or contaminated materials, usually causes symptoms similar to but milder than those of smallpox, such as fever, headache and rashes.

The HSE said this month that it continues to actively monitor the evolving international situation.