The number of suspected cases of monkeypox, known as smallpox of the monkeys, in Paraíba. The information is from the bulletin of the Secretary of State for Health, updated on Thursday night (22). Paraíba has 17 confirmed cases and one classified as “probable”. 119 were dropped.
The first case was confirmed on August 4, in João Pessoa, a 22-year-old woman who continues to be monitored. According to a bulletin released by the State Department of Health of Paraíba (SES-PB) on August 29, another six cases were confirmed, five in the capital and one in Cabedelo. All male.
On September 8, SES-PB confirmed four more cases, one in Cabedelo and another three in João Pessoa. One woman and three men. On September 13, there were five more confirmations of infection by monkeypox. One in Campina Grande and the other cases in the capital. On the 14th, another case was confirmed in João Pessoa, according to (SES-PB)
Profile of confirmed cases
According to information from the State Department of Health of Paraíba (SES-PB), of the confirmed cases, two cases are female, 15 male cases. The age group with the highest number of confirmed cases is 30 to 39 years old. 13 of the cases are residents of João Pessoa, 3 in Cabedelo and 1 in the municipality of Campina Grande.
According to an investigation by the municipalities, so far, only 4 of the cases refer to contact with people from São Paulo, without a definition of contact or source case of the other confirmed cases, which requires expansion of investigations.
None of the cases were hospitalized, the municipality of residence continues to monitor the contacts of the cases.
Cases under investigation
Tests to detect infection by monkeypox are being made in Rio de Janeiro. According to SES-PB, the samples go to the state of Rio de Janeiro and are taking a while because of the large number of cases in Brazil.
The most updated bulletin also informs that, so far, there are 119 discarded cases, 132 remain under investigation. Of these 132, we have 69 in João Pessoa, which is the city with the highest number of investigated cases. Cabedelo has 20 suspected cases, Cajazeiras and Campina Grande each have six cases under investigation.
SES-PB warns that anyone who has fever, headache, muscle pain, back pain, swollen glands, chills and exhaustion with at least 1 to 3 days of symptoms, in addition to starting to appear lesions on the skin, can be suspected monkeypox and seek medical attention.