Well being officers in Mexico confirmed Saturday the nation’s first identified case of monkeypox, in a 50-year-old US resident being handled in Mexico Metropolis.
The person, a everlasting resident of New York Metropolis, “was in all probability contaminated within the Netherlands,” Hugo Lopez-Gatell, an undersecretary of well being, stated on Twitter.
“Happily, he’s secure and in preventive isolation,” Lopez-Gatell stated. “We hope he’ll recuperate with out problems.”
He offered no info on the affected person’s potential contacts with different folks.
On Friday, well being authorities in Argentina confirmed the primary two identified circumstances of the illness wherever in Latin America — these of a 40-year-old man who had returned to Argentina from Spain, and of a Spaniard who was visiting Buenos Aires.
The 2 circumstances apparently had been unconnected.
The monkeypox virus could be transmitted to people by contaminated animals. Individual-to-person transmission is feasible however uncommon.
Monkeypox is said to smallpox however is way much less extreme. Preliminary signs embody a excessive fever, swollen lymph nodes and a chickenpox-like rash.
There isn’t a particular remedy however vaccination towards smallpox has been discovered to be about 85 % efficient in stopping monkeypox.
Monkeypox was first detected within the Democratic Republic of Congo in 1970 and is taken into account endemic in round a dozen African international locations.
Its look in non-endemic international locations has frightened consultants, though these circumstances reported thus far have been principally delicate and there have been no deaths.
There have been not less than a half-dozen confirmed or suspected circumstances within the US.
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