The Ministry of Health reported this Sunday (3) that there are 76 confirmed cases of monkeypox in Brazil, one in the Federal District.
The patient is a male, aged between 30 and 39 years, with a history of recent international travel. A second suspected case is being monitored by the Health Department of the Federal District. This is a male, aged between 20 and 29 years. Both are in isolation at home.
According to the folder, one case of monkeypox was also confirmed in Rio Grande do Norte, two in Minas Gerais, two in Rio Grande do Sul, two in Ceará, 16 in Rio de Janeiro and 52 in São Paulo.
In a note, the Ministry of Health says that “through the Situation Room and National CIEVS, it follows in direct articulation with the states to monitor cases and trace patients’ contacts.”
The first case was registered in Brazil on June 8, in São Paulo, in a 41-year-old man who traveled to Spain and Portugal.
The transmission of smallpox from monkeys happens through close contact. Infection can be via the respiratory tract, but prolonged close face-to-face contact is required.
Another form of infection is through the blister-like sores that monkey pox causes on the skin. Fever and body aches are other symptoms of the disease. Decreasing transmission primarily involves isolation of suspected and confirmed cases.
The WHO (World Health Organization) called on Friday (1st) for urgent action in Europe to contain the spread of monkeypox, more than 4,500 infections were confirmed in 31 countries on the European continent. The entity, however, has not yet conceptualized monkeypox as a global health emergency.