Bolivian authorities reported this Thursday that the first suspected case of monkeypox was detected in the department of Santa Cruz, a disease that the World Health Organization (WHO) has registered in some 12 countries.
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This possible case was reported by the Departmental Health Service (Headquarters) of Santa Cruz and corresponds to a 26-year-old man, who had direct contact with two people who arrived from Spain, and now has symptoms such as fever, muscle aches and injuries. on the skin.
In this regard, the Secretary of Health of the Government of Santa Cruz, Fernando Pacheco, specified that “it is a suspicious case, not yet confirmed.”
“By complying with all the symptoms and signs, and also the history of the contact, by obligation and by epidemiological surveillance it is up to us to isolate it, investigate and alert the public and private system that if (patients with) these injuries appear, they make the corresponding report,” said.
In addition, he explained that the control is also carried out on the patient’s family, who is hospitalized at the Elvira Wunderlich health center.
For its part, the Expanded Program on Immunization (PAI) stated that it is initiating efforts to obtain the vaccine against common smallpox, whose effect can prevent 85 percent of the aforementioned disease.
The national director of the EPI, Max Enríquez, noted that “the measures that must be applied are in the epidemiological alert that our minister Jeyson Auza announced this week, working on the manual in the event of the possible presence of a patient with smallpox mono, are the general guidelines that have been provided and from that they will be able to determine what the definition of a case is, when we call a suspected case, what is a probable case.
Enríquez stressed that, regarding the possible case detected in Santa Cruz, it is necessary to “rule out whether it is chickenpox, measles, dengue or chikungunya”, results that will be disclosed.
According to the WHO, monkeypox is present in several countries such as Spain, Portugal and the United Kingdom, the United States (USA), Canada, Australia and France.
Among the most visible symptoms, in addition to the possible skin rash, are fever, headache, muscle aches, back pain, swollen lymph nodes, chills and exhaustion.
Disclaimer: Via Telesur – Translated by RJ983
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