Caracas.- The National Medical Academy ruled this Monday, June 13, on the presence of monkeypox in Venezuela, which it considers a priority “to break the transmission chain as soon as possible” and assured that this “will be much easier than with the pandemic COVID-19«.
In a statement, he explained that to prevent the spread of the virus everywhere Venezuela and it is important for the world to “strengthen the epidemiological surveillance of this disease.”
“There is evidence that smallpox may have circulated in various communities outside Africa in a quiet, undiscovered way,” he said.
Symptoms of monkey virus
Monkeypox is similar to smallpox, which is very much feared, a disease that was eradicated in 1980, although it is less transmitted and much less serious. These are your symptoms.
- General discomfort.
- skin lesions
- Swollen lymph nodes.
How does the virus spread?
In case of human-to-human transmission, this virus can be transmitted through respiratory droplets or secretions from skin lesions.
The confirmatory diagnosis is based on laboratory tests using PCR, which are already available in Venezuela.
In which Latin American countries is it available?
Since May 2022, there has been a significant increase in monkey virus cases outside Africa. In Latin America, only three cases have been reported in Argentina, one in Brazil, one in Mexico and now one in Venezuela.
On June 12, the Venezuelan Ministry of Health confirmed that a passenger from Spain had arrived in Mayketia infected with monkeypox.
“In this way, Venezuela joins more than 40 countries outside Africa, where nearly 1,300 cases have been confirmed, most of them in Europe (United Kingdom, Spain and Portugal),” the statement said.