Monkeypox arrived in the capital of Chihuahua; confirm case

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Through the Institute of Epidemiological Diagnosis and Reference (InDRE), the third case of monkeypox was confirmed in the entity, it is a 39-year-old male resident of the municipality of Chihuahua, who is currently in isolation. and with good evolution.

On August 15, the diagnosis of two male cases from the municipality of Juárez, aged 32 and 44, both with a history of travel to Colombia, was reported.

The secretary of health, Felipe Sandoval Magallanes, indicated that monkeypox is an infectious disease that is endemic in central African countries.

He pointed out that the symptoms are the sudden onset of fever with 38ºC, headache, exhaustion, muscle aches, swollen lymph nodes and skin lesions in the form of blisters.

The official emphasized that this virus makes no distinction between sex, age or religious belief and can be transmitted by direct contact with the person who suffers from it or through personal objects; also infected pregnant women can transmit it to the fetus, through the placenta.

Hence the importance of applying preventive measures, such as preventing close contact with infected people either through injuries, body fluids or respiratory droplets, in addition to not touching personal objects, sheets, clothes or utensils.

It is recommended to implement prevention actions, such as proper hand washing or using antibacterial gel, practicing the etiquette sneeze and the correct use of the face mask.

Under the guidelines of the International Health Regulations and the General Directorate of Epidemiology, the Ministry of Health of Chihuahua sends the samples of suspected cases to the InDRE, a federal government agency that is the only institution currently validated in the country, to process the samples of cases. monkeypox suspects.

The state agency asks citizens that when they suspect any symptoms, it is important not to self-medicate and go to their health unit for timely follow-up.