Three more cases of monkeypox were confirmed in Bahia, this Sunday (4). According to the State Health Department (Sesab), the records are from two residents of the city of Salvador and one of Juazeiro.
With these new cases, Bahia totals 60 cases of the disease, 44 in Salvador; 2 in Juazeiro; 2 in Lauro de Freitas; 2 in Santo Antônio de Jesus; 1 in Cairo; 1 in Conceição do Jacuípe; 1 in Feira de Santana; 1 in Ilhéus; 1 in Itabela; 1 in Maracas; 1 in Mutuípe; 1 in Pé de Serra; 1 Teixeira de Freitas; and 1 in Xique-Xique. In addition to those confirmed, Bahia has reported 138 suspected cases awaiting laboratory diagnosis.
The complete bulletin with the municipalities where the cases were reported is available at http://www.saude.ba.gov.br/boletinsmonkeypox.
Monkeypox is a viral zoonosis, of the genus Orthopoxvirus, of the Poxviridae family, which resembles human smallpox, eradicated in 1980. The disease progresses with fever, headache, muscle pain, back pain, adenomegaly, chills and exhaustion.
The infection is self-limiting, with symptoms that last from 2 to 4 weeks, and can be divided into two periods: invasion, which lasts between 0 and 5 days, with fever, headache, myalgia, back pain and intense asthenia. The rash begins between 1 and 3 days after the onset of fever and has similar clinical features with chickenpox or syphilis, with a difference in the uniform evolution of the lesions.