And Argentine health authorities confirmed, on Friday, the first case of infection with the virus monkey pox Registered in Latin America. “The result of the PCR sample taken by the Malbran Institute from the first suspected case of monkeypox was positive,” a statement from the Ministry of Health said, adding that “the sequencing showed a high rate of homology with sequences from the West African branch.” .
According to the Argentine press, he is a 40-year-old man who returned from Spain. The report said the patient is “in good condition, undergoing symptomatic treatment” while close contacts are under clinical and epidemiological control and asymptomatic.
The Ministry of Health also reported the emergence of another suspected case of a resident of Spain visiting Buenos Aires Province who had no connection with the former patient. “The person has ulcerated lesions with no other associated symptoms, and he arrived in the country on May 25 and symptoms started on May 26. The patient is in good general condition, isolated and receiving symptomatic treatment,” the report said.
Monkeypox is an infectious disease caused by a virus transmitted to humans by infected animals. Transmission from person to person is possible but rare. The disease was first identified in humans in 1970 in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and is currently considered endemic in twelve African countries.
Its appearance in non-endemic countries is what worries experts. So far, confirmed cases in non-endemic areas have generally been mild and no deaths have been reported.
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