Brazil confirms 6th case of monkeypox, the 4th in the state of SP

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Brazil confirms 6th case of monkeypox, the 4th in the state of SP

The Ministry of Health confirmed this Thursday (16) the sixth case of monkeypox in Brazil. The patient is 28 years old and lives in Indaiatuba (SP).

He is in home isolation and has a stable clinical condition, without complications and being monitored by the health departments of the state of São Paulo and the municipality.

The case is considered imported, as the patient has a travel history to Europe.

At the moment, of the six confirmed cases in the country, four in São Paulo, one in Rio Grande do Sul and one in Rio de Janeiro. Another 13 suspects are still under investigation.

“All containment and control measures were adopted immediately, with the isolation of the patient and tracing of their contacts”, said the folder, in a note.

The federal government created a situation room to monitor the progress of the disease.

Worldwide, the WHO (World Health Organization) counts more than 1,000 confirmed cases in 29 countries. No deaths were recorded.

The disease is caused by monkeypox, a virus of the genus orthopoxvirus. Another pathogen that is also of this genus is the one that causes smallpox, a disease eradicated in 1980.

Although they have their similarities, there are differences between the two diseases. One of them is lethality: smallpox killed about 30% of those infected. Monkeypox, on the other hand, has a mortality rate of between 3% and 6%, according to the WHO.

The most common symptoms appear within six to 13 days after exposure, but can take up to three weeks. People who get sick often have a fever, headache, back and muscle pain, swollen lymph nodes, and general exhaustion.

About one to three days after the fever, most people also develop a painful rash that is characteristic of this virus genus. The rash can start on the patient’s face, hands, feet, inside the mouth or on Organs genitals and progress to the rest of the body.

The disease was already known, but had been recorded mainly in African countries. What has the scientific community on alert was the rapid spread of the virus to other countries outside Africa.

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