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The Ministry of Health confirms the first case of monkeypox in Alagoas

On Monday night (8), the Secretary of State for Health (SISAU) reported that a 22-year-old man, born in the state of Espirito Santo, was tested while traveling to Alagoas and tested positive for monkeypox, commonly known as monkeypox. According to findings presented by the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (Vucruz). He has already returned to his home state, and the Center for Strategic Information and Response in Health Surveillance (Cievs) in Alagoas has already reported the case to the health authorities in Espírito Santo.

Currently, Alagoas has 18 suspected cases of the disease (eight females and 10 males). Since the start of the investigation of the cases in the state, four have already been disposed of, after lab tests, one from Messias, one from Maceo and two from Rio Largo.

The other fourteen, eight from Maceo, one from Rio Largo, one from Ouro Branco, three from Inhapi and one from Pinedo, are still under investigation and there is no date yet to reveal the results of the diagnostic tests, as they are being treated by Fiocruz. , in Rio de Janeiro. For this purpose, the biological material is collected by the Alagoas Central Laboratory (Lacen-AL) and sent to the capital, Rio de Janeiro, through a transport company contracted by the Ministry of Health.

“Patients classified as suspected cases remain under observation by the epidemiological surveillance of the municipalities of origin. According to the updated information, they are in home isolation, without any negative development in their health condition, and after fulfilling the recommended isolation period, they will be isolated. He was released,” he said. Says. Note from Sisao.

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The monkeypox virus is transmitted by the virus monkeypox, which belongs to the genus orthopoxvirus. The incubation period for monkeypox is usually six to 13 days, but can range from five to 21 days, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

The name monkeypox arose from the initial discovery of the virus in monkeys in a Danish laboratory in 1958. The first human case of a child was identified in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in 1970.

Currently, the most common symptoms of monkeypox differ from those described in previous outbreaks, which have been reported in African countries since at least the 1970s.

Before the spread of this virus to other parts of the world, the most common manifestations of infection were fever, malaise, swollen lymph nodes, headache, sweating, and the appearance of various skin lesions, especially on the face, palms and soles. feet. Now, doctors see another pattern: patients still have a fever and malaise, but most have a few ulcers, which are located mainly on the genitals and anus. They also appear with various features and often resemble a pimple or herpes simplex crisis.