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Brazil has 17 confirmed cases of monkeypox

BRASILIA, DF (Vulhabres) – The total number of confirmed monkeypox cases in Brazil has reached 17 records, according to information from the Ministry of Health. On Friday (24) the ministry confirmed three new cases, two in Rio de Janeiro and one in Sao Paulo.

Most of the confirmed cases are from São Paulo, with 11 records. There are two more in Rio Grande do Sul and four in Rio de Janeiro. Ten other cases are still under investigation.

In Sao Paulo, the new confirmed case on Friday was imported from a person with a travel history. But the state already has three original cases, which means there has been local transmission of the disease. Rio de Janeiro has also recorded two cases of local infection.

Monkeypox spreads through close contact. Infection can occur via the respiratory tract, but prolonged face-to-face contact is required.

The first case of monkeypox in Brazil was recorded on June 8, in São Paulo, of a 41-year-old man who had traveled to Spain and Portugal.

On Thursday (23), the São Paulo Department of Health and Health confirmed three positive cases in São Paulo. There are three men between the ages of 24 and 37 who live in the capital.

46 suspected cases have already been ruled out in Brazil. As of June 24, 2022, 3,685 cases of the disease have been confirmed in 45 countries. Confirmed cases are distributed mainly in Europe, which concentrates on the largest number of notifications.

Experts say the chances of monkeypox turning into a pandemic are slim due to the low transmissibility of the virus. However, they say it is important to remain vigilant, with effective screening and diagnostic methods.

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The World Health Organization (WHO) on Thursday (23) called for vigilance and transparency in the face of the outbreak.