Venezuela reports its first case of monkeypox


Venezuela detected its first case of monkeypox, a traveler from Spainreported this Sunday the Ministry of Health in a statement.

“Through the epidemiological fence, the first suspected case of monkeypox was detected at the Simón Bolívar International Airport in Maiquetía (24 km from Caracas),” the document reads.

“The patient, who entered the country from Madrid, Spain, had contact with two infected in the city of Barcelona, ​​​​in the European nation. He was immediately isolated, the pertinent tests were carried out and a sample was taken, giving a positive result, with stable health conditions, “he adds.

The Ministry of Health did not give details of the infected person.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has recorded more than 1,000 cases of monkeypox in some thirty countries where this disease is not endemic, with significant outbreaks in the United Kingdom, Spain and Portugal.

The first symptoms of contagion are fever, headache, muscle aches and chills, giving way to skin lesions between the first and third day after these appear.

This viral disease, which is transmitted by contact with an infected person and skin lesions, was first identified in 1970 in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and is considered endemic in a dozen countries in Africa, but its appearance in non-endemic countries worries the experts.

No deaths have been reported among confirmed cases in non-endemic regions.



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