The Municipal Health Administration (SMS), through the Health Surveillance Board, will hold on Monday (13) training for medical professionals and nurses working in the Municipal Health Network. The main subject is monkeypox, a disease known as monkeypox that has spread around the world and already has a confirmed case in Brazil.
With a focus on surveillance, flows and clinical management of the disease, the training, which will take place from 2 pm to 5 pm, will be conducted in the lecture hall of the Joao Pessoa University Center (Unipê), in Agua Fría, by the team from the Strategic Information Center for SMS Health Surveillance. and infectious disease doctor Fernando Chagas.
According to Joao Pessoa’s Director of Health Surveillance, Raquel Moraes, the main objective of the training is to instruct specialists in the Assistance and Monitoring Network regarding flows and behavior with respect to suspected and/or confirmed cases of monkeypox, and to prepare for response. quickly and thus prevent the spread of the virus.
“Our municipal network is on alert for the emergence of cases and this training will prepare professionals for the timely response of the surveillance network in terms of searching for contacts and stopping potential chains of transmission, but above all, for the appropriate clinical management of the case, avoiding complications for the patient,” explains Raquel Moraes.
About 200 specialists from all health services that make up the Capital Municipality must participate.
monkeypox – It is a viral disease that is endemic in some countries of the African continent, with moderate human-to-human transmission. There are two types of viruses: one from West Africa and the other from the Congo Basin (Central Africa).
The World Health Organization (WHO) announced last Wednesday (8) that it has already received reports of more than 1,000 cases of monkeypox virus, in the context of the outbreak of the disease recorded in countries where the disease is not endemic. In Brazil, the first case of the disease was confirmed last Thursday (9). This is a man who resides in the capital of São Paulo and has a recent travel history to Portugal and Spain. Nine other cases are still under investigation in the country.
The disease is characterized by widespread rash and low mortality, and may be accompanied by fever, headache, muscle aches and lymphadenopathy. Transmission can occur through respiratory droplets, body fluids, secretions from pests and dander, and feeding, but according to the World Health Organization, it can also occur through contaminated materials such as clothing and bedding. The incubation period for the virus is usually 6-16 days, up to 21 days.
Although the virus was discovered in monkeys in a Danish laboratory in 1958, the World Health Organization considers this designation inappropriate and makes it clear that most animals exposed to this type of smallpox are rodents, such as rats and prairie dogs.
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