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City Council confirms first case of monkeypox in Rio |  Rio de Janeiro

City Council confirms first case of monkeypox in Rio | Rio de Janeiro

The Rio Municipal Health Department confirmed this Wednesday (15) the first case of monkeypox in the municipality of Rio.

According to the file, this is a 38-year-old Brazilian man, residing in London, who arrived in Brazil on June 11 and sought medical care at the Evandro Chagas National Institute of Infectious Diseases (INI/Fiocruz) the following day. The positive result was confirmed on Tuesday (14).

The patient has mild symptoms, is in home isolation and is being monitored by the Health Surveillance Authority (SVS-Rio).

All five people who had contact with the patient are monitored. The monkeypox virus belongs to the same family as the common smallpox, but is less severe and widespread, so the chances of infecting large numbers of the population are considered low.

Monkeypox transmission mainly occurs when someone comes into close contact with an infected person. The virus can enter the body through skin lesions, through the respiratory tract, or through the eyes, nose, and mouth. After infection, it usually takes 5 to 21 days for symptoms to appear, are usually mild and go away on their own in about three weeks.

The viral infection has already spread to more than 30 countries, including Brazil. The first case of monkeypox in the country Confirmed in São Paulo.

Monkeypox is similar to smallpox that has since been eradicated, but is less severe and less contagious – Photo: Science Photo Library

The initiative comes after more than 30 scientists wrote last week about the “urgent need for (the name of disease and virus) is neither discriminatory nor stigmatized.”

For the group of researchers, who proposed the name hMPXV, there are also many incorrect and discriminatory indications that the virus is African.

The disease has killed 72 people in countries where it is considered endemic (permanently present in an area, in constant numbers for several years), such as the rainforest regions of Central and West Africa.