The municipal health department of Rio confirmed on Tuesday (29) another case of monkeypox in the city of Rio de Janeiro. He is a 28-year-old man, domiciled in the town and with no history of international travel. This is the fifth recorded case of the disease in the state.
The State of Rio de Janeiro has confirmed local transmission of the disease. Last Friday (24), the municipal health secretary of Rio, Rodrigo Prado, confirmed the local transmission of monkeypox in the capital.
Rio’s municipal secretariat is also investigating three other suspected cases in the city, all of them men between the ages of 30 and 39. They are isolated at home and are monitored daily by the Superintendency of Health Surveillance (SVS) through the Strategic Coordination of Information on Health Surveillance (CIEVS Rio).
Thus, the state of Rio de Janeiro has a record five cases of monkeypox, four in the capital – including a man from London – and one in the city of Maricá.
São Paulo confirmed the local broadcast a day earlier.
The main forms of transmission of smallpox by monkeys are through close and intimate contact with an infected person with skin lesions. It can come from a hug, a kiss, sexual intercourse, or respiratory secretions. For the moment, this virus is not airborne, like the Covid.
Contamination can also occur through contact with infected materials, such as clothing and bedding that has been used by the patient.
Health officials say that while the disease was first identified in monkeys, the current outbreak has nothing to do with animals.
Hygienizing your hands well with soap and water and using hydroalcoholic gel are measures that should be intensified, not only because of monkeypox, but also because of Covid.
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