RN has 31 confirmed cases of monkeypox

RN has 31 confirmed cases of monkeypox
RN has 31 confirmed cases of monkeypox

Monkey pox. Photo: Débora F. Barreto-Vieira/Fiocruz

Rio Grande do Norte has 31 confirmed cases of monkeypox (Monkeypox). According to the epidemiological bulletin released by the Secretary of State for Public Health (Sesap) this Saturday 3, there are 27 confirmed cases in men and 4 in women.

According to the Sesap document, there are 23 confirmed cases in Natal, six in Parnamirim and two in Mossoró. On the 25th, Sesap launched a contingency plan to prevent and combat the spread of the disease, with the aim of guiding the state’s health services on preparedness and response measures.

According to the Ministry of Health, the main form of transmission of Monkeypox occurs through direct person-to-person contact, through the skin or secretions, and close and prolonged exposure to droplets and other respiratory secretions. Ulcers, lesions or sores in the mouth can also be infectious, which means the virus can be transmitted through saliva. Infection can also occur from contact with newly contaminated objects, such as clothing, towels, bedding, or objects such as utensils and dishes.

In most cases, patients have mild symptoms, for which there is no specific treatment, requiring care and observation of the lesions. However, last week, the first drug treatments prescribed for patients at risk of developing severe forms of the disease began to arrive in the country (immunosuppressed people with HIV/AIDS, leukemia, lymphoma, metastasis, transplant recipients, people with autoimmune diseases, pregnant women, breastfeeding and children under 8 years of age).

Three health units are pointed out as a reference for suspected and confirmed cases: Hospital Giselda Trigueiro, in Natal, Hospital Rafael Fernandes, in Mossoró, and Hospital Maria Alice Fernandes, also in the capital of Potiguar, but aimed at the pediatric population.

The Ministry of Health has included monkeypox (Monkeypox) on the National List of Compulsory Notification of Diseases, Diseases and Public Health Events. With this, professionals from public and private establishments are obliged to inform the authorities, within 24 hours, of confirmed cases of the disease.

The measure is contained in Ordinance No. 3,418, published in the Official Gazette of the 1st. Signed by Minister Marcelo Queiroga, the rule establishes that cases must be reported directly to the Ministry of Health.

Caused by the hMPXV virus (Human Monkeypox Virus), the disease was declared a public health emergency of international concern by the World Health Organization (WHO) in July this year. The decision was taken after the increase in the number of cases in several countries.

In Brazil, the first diagnosis was confirmed in early June, in São Paulo (SP). The first death associated with the disease occurred at the end of July, in Belo Horizonte (MG).

The article is in Portuguese

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