National Institute of Health reports new case of monkeypox in Colombia

Through a press release, the National Institute of Health (INS) announced on Friday July 8 that a new case of monkeypox was detected in the country.

The new confirmed case was found in Bogotá and corresponds to a person with a history of travel to Europe and a positive PCR for monkeypoxwho had close contact with a confirmed case in Italy.

The patient confirmed on the night of this Thursday July 7, after having learned of the laboratory results, is currently under outpatient care and in isolation for 21 days.

“The characterization and tracing of their contacts is beginning. To date, six Colombian citizens have contracted this disease. Five in Bogotá and one in Medellín. Of the total number of confirmed cases, five have a history of travel to Europe and one with an epidemiological link,” the entity said.

In recent days, health authorities in Medellín have reported that The 27-year-old man who was diagnosed with monkeypox in the capital of Antioquia has recovered from the disease after being isolated for 21 days. With him, 32 people were confined for having had physical contact.

The INS recalled that Manifestations of monkeypox can include fever, severe headache, muscle aches, back pain, low energy, swollen lymph nodes, and rash or maculopapular lesions.

According to the WHO, more than 6,000 cases of monkeypox have already been reported worldwide in 58 countries. – Photo: Getty Images/iStockphoto

The recommendation is that, in case of presenting symptoms or if you have been in contact with a suspected case, you should contact EPS or go to a health center.

Although in most cases the symptoms go away on their own within a few weeks, in some people they can lead to medical complications and even death.

This is why it is important to consult, insist and assess risk factors, such as travel history or close contact (including sexual) with people where monkeypox is endemic or in affected countries. by epidemics.

WHO chief to convene emergency committee

The WHO secretary-general on Wednesday stressed his concern over the rise in monkeypox cases and announced he would convene the emergency committee to study the scale of the crisis.

The committee will meet the week of July 18. “Regarding monkeypox, I remain very concerned about the scale and spread of the virus”, of which more than 6,000 cases have already been reported in 58 countries, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told reporters in Geneva.

On June 25, it was considered that the increase in cases did not justify the activation of the highest level of alert of the organization. “Diagnosis continues to be a challenge and it is very likely that there will be a significant number of unrecorded cases,” Tedros pointed out.

According to the UN official, Europe is the epicenter of the outbreak, with more than 80% of reported infections worldwide. “In Africa, cases are appearing in countries that were previously unaffected and many records are being broken in places that have already had to deal with monkeypox,” he added.

According to WHO estimates, currently about 60% of human infectious diseases are of zoonotic origin, pointing out that there are more than 200 known types and that they are transmitted by vertebrate animals to humans.

*With information from AFP.

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