Brazil matches Mexico with five confirmed monkeypox cases

Rio de Janeiro, June 15. Brazil confirmed this Wednesday two new cases of monkeypox, which has so far accumulated a total of five positives and continues to lead the list of countries with the most diagnoses of the disease in Latin America along with Mexico, which has reported a similar number. of the case.

The latest cases were confirmed in Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro and both were “imported”, as were three other positive cases reported in the South American giant.

The other eight are being investigated by health authorities, according to a statement issued by the Ministry of Health.

Most of the cases – three so far – have been diagnosed in Sao Paulo, Brazil’s financial center and the country’s most populous city, with about 12 million residents.

Another case was confirmed in Porto Alegre, the capital of the state of Rio Grande do Sul, and today a case in Rio de Janeiro was reported in a Brazilian patient, resident in London and visiting family in the city.

The figure has increased fivefold in just one week after the confirmation of a case – on June 8 – which was diagnosed in a 41-year-old patient who arrived in the city of Sao Paulo after traveling to Spain.

According to the Health portfolio, all cases reported so far are “imported” and correspond to patients who have recently traveled to European countries (Spain, Portugal and the UK).

Likewise, he pointed out that all patients, including suspected ones, were isolated and under the supervision of the health surveillance team.

According to the latest report from the World Health Organization, Europe continues to be the epicenter of the outbreak detected a month ago in the UK, with more than 1,500 cases registered in 25 countries (85% of the global total).

Of that total, positive cases have been reported in at least four Latin American countries (Argentina, Mexico, Brazil and Venezuela), with the first case in the region diagnosed in Buenos Aires on May 27. EFE

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