The Argentine Ministry of Health is investigating the country’s first suspected case of monkeypox, according to a statement issued by the government on Sunday (22).
In a statement, the ministry said that a resident of the province of Buenos Aires contacted the health service with symptoms “consistent with monkeypox.”
The patient showed minor cuts in different parts of the body and a fever, in addition, he had just returned from a trip to Spain, a country that monitored a small outbreak of this infection.
According to the health statement, the patient is in good condition, isolating and receiving treatment for symptoms.
More cases to come
The World Health Organization (WHO) said it hopes to identify more cases of monkeypox as countries where the disease is not usually found are increasing surveillance.
As of Saturday, 94 cases of smallpox have been confirmed, and 28 suspected cases of smallpox have been reported in 15 non-endemic countries, the United Nations World Health Organization said.
The World Health Organization added that “the available information indicates that human-to-human transmission occurs between people who are in close physical contact with cases who show symptoms.”
What is monkeypox?
Monkeypox is a contagious disease that is usually mild and endemic in parts of West and Central Africa.
It spreads through close contact, and can be contained relatively easily through measures such as isolation and hygiene.
- body pain
- swollen lymph nodes
- A rash on the hands and feet.