The Nation’s Ministry of Health confirmed today THE NATION the first suspected case of monkeypox in Argentina. “It’s under investigation”, they specified.
As the portfolio that leads Carla Vizzetti This is a man who lives in the city of Buenos Aires and is isolated. Ministry sources pointed out that He is in “good general condition” and “is receiving symptomatic treatment”.
The patient had traveled to Spain between April 28 and May 16.
The Nation’s Ministry of Health said that in order to carry out the investigation, a sample of this person for the etiological diagnosis, which are being analyzed in the INEI-ANLIS National Reference Laboratory Dr. Carlos G. Malbrán.
“While awaiting the results, a working table has been formed with the Province of Buenos Aires and the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires to coordinate clinical, diagnostic and epidemiological actions in order to confirm or refute the case, provide adequate clinical care and implement all concentrated control measures to avoid possible transmission,” they said.
Following international notification of the first cases of monkeypox in non-endemic countries, the national government formed a task force “with the aim of initiating surveillance of the new event and generating precise recommendations for health teams and the population.”
Until yesterday, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported 28 laboratory-confirmed and 12 suspected cases monkeypox in 12 non-endemic countries (Australia, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom and United States).
“In these cases, a history or link to endemic areas has not yet been confirmed,” the Vizzotti-led portfolio warned through a statement, adding: “The scope of community transmission is not yet clear. at this point and, therefore, , there is the possibility of identifying more cases. However, it should be noted that monkeypox virus is considered to have moderate human-to-human transmissibility. »
Faced with the discovery of a suspected case, the national government issued a series of recommendations to the population. What to consider:
“Anyone who have compatible symptoms (especially rashes) and a history of travel to areas where there are cases and/or involve some risk exposure with suspected, probable or confirmed cases, you should take social isolation measures ( not going to school, work, social events, etc.), put in place respiratory protection measures (correct use of the mask, ventilated environments and distance from other people) and immediately consult the health system”.
Close contact with infected people is the most important risk factor for infection with the virus.
● Was exposed without respiratory protection (particularly relevant for healthcare workers)
● Direct physical contact, including sexual contact
● Contact with contaminated materials such as clothing or bedding
If a person has had at-risk contact with a suspected or confirmed case of monkeypox during the contagious period, from the onset of the case’s symptoms until all crusts from the skin lesions have fallen off, the following precautions should be observed :
● Check your temperature twice a day
● As long as you remain asymptomatic, you can continue with your usual daily activities, but you should stay close to home while under surveillance
● Strict clinical and health monitoring will be carried out for 21 days from the last contact with the case.
● If the person develops a rash, they should be isolated and evaluated as a suspected case, and a sample should be taken for laboratory analysis to detect monkeypox.
● You must not donate blood, cells, tissues, organs, breast milk or semen while you are under observation for symptoms
● In the case of children of preschool age, it is recommended that they avoid attending crèches or other group places.