According to the Director of Health Surveillance, Andrea Salvador, despite the scenario that requires preventive care, The moment is not disturbingBecause the disease has a low lethality. Among the cases that have occurred in the world so far, there is no record of deaths.
“The important thing now is to avoid all kinds of panic. Preventive care must be observed, but it is good to note that this is a condition with a low lethality index,” says the director.
Monkeypox is similar to smallpox that has since been eradicated, but is less severe and less contagious – Photo: Science Photo Library
In the capital of Bahia, a 32-year-old man, a resident of Salvador, developed symptoms on June 22. He was treated in a private hospital.
The same symptoms that indicate a viral infection, such as a sudden rise in temperature and skin lesions. Laboratory tests confirmed that the case was positive for monkeypox. The man remains in home isolation and is fine.
In addition to this case, there are two other people in the state, who are suspected of having monkeypox, with no connection to the already confirmed case. Test results will be announced in the next few days.
Monkeypox can be transmitted through contact with body fluids, respiratory secretions, or the skin or mucous membranes of infected people.
There is also a risk of contamination through the use of contaminated materials, such as contaminated towels, bedding, household items, and/or contact with animals infected with the virus.
The main symptoms observed in infected people are fever, headache, back or muscle pain, inflammation of the lymph nodes and skin lesions that begin on the face and spread throughout the body and affect mainly the hands and feet.
The virus has an incubation period that can range from five to thirteen days. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), symptoms last from 16 to 21 days.
Although there is no specific treatment or vaccine for monkeypox, the World Health Organization says that the human smallpox vaccine has been proven to be 85% effective in preventing cases of the disease. Recently, the United States, Germany and France announced that they would implement vaccination plans as a precaution.
When symptoms of the disease appear, a Direct SMS is for the patient to request the emergency and emergency unit. Currently, the municipal network has 16 stations operating 24 hours a day, seven days a week, including holidays.
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