The World Health Organization (WHO) called on all member countries to redouble efforts to contain a global outbreak of monkeypoxa disease that already has two confirmed cases in Argentina.
The doctor Rosamund Lewishead of the smallpox team, assured that the outbreak “can still be contained” and that the goal of the WHO and its member states is to “stop it completely.”
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The most recent data indicates that there are more than 300 cases of monkeypox, between confirmed and suspected, in 20 different countries. The disease had not left Africa in 50 years, despite the fact that there are places where it is endemic. Countries such as the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Nigeria and Cameroon present cases at present.
According to the WHO Health agency, the global outbreak was mainly transmitted by close skin-to-skin contact. “We still don’t have the information on whether this would be transmitted through bodily fluids.”the doctor pointed out.
“The risk to the general public appears to be lowbecause we know that the main modes of transmission have been as described in the past “, confirmed Lewis, who is also part of the WHO Emergencies Program.
While WHO member states have asked the global health agency to maintain stockpiles of smallpox vaccine in case of a new outbreak of the disease, Lewis explained that it already “40 years passed and these reservations may need to be updated.”
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Monkeypox in Argentina: there are already two confirmed cases
The Ministry of Health of the Nation confirmed on Friday a second case of monkeypox in Argentina. corresponds to a resident in Spain who is visiting the province of Buenos Aires and who It has no connection with the first case.
Person presents ulcerative lesions without other associated symptoms. He arrived in the country on May 25 and began with symptoms on the 26. “The patient is in good general conditionisolated, and receiving symptomatic treatment ”, they reported from the portfolio.
Furthermore, they confirmed that close contacts are being followed up clinical and epidemiological strict, and so far they are all asymptomatic.
The first case of monkeypox was confirmed on Thursday morning, and it is a man in his 40s living in the northern area of Greater Buenos Aires, who has a history of travel to Spain. She had been there from April 28 to May 16.
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From the Health portfolio they reported that the patient is in good condition, undergoing symptomatic treatment and his close contacts under clinical and epidemiological control, without presenting symptoms to date.