The Minas Gerais State Health Department (SES-MG) confirmed two monkeypox infections in South Minas and revealed that nine cases are under investigation in the region. The data was confirmed by SES-MG on Monday (1st).
The cases confirmed by the secretariat are those of Pocos de Caldas e good landing, which had already been announced by the municipalities (see details below).
A case in Guaxupé, one in Três Corações and two in Varginha were also under investigation, but were dismissed by the state Health Department. SES-MG revealed a suspicion in Lavras last week, but the matter was removed from this Friday’s report (29).
Monkey pox: SES-MG confirms two cases and investigates nine suspects in South Minas – Photo: JN
Em Pocos de Caldasthe case the suspect had been released by the town hall on Tuesday (26) and was confirmed this Monday, after analysis by the Fundação Ezequiel Dias. The city said two more cases are being investigated.
According to the town hall of Poços de Caldas, on July 22, a patient with a travel history came into contact with the health system with characteristic symptoms of Monkeypox, popularly known as smallpox.
The epidemiological surveillance sector of the health department was informed and collected the sample which was sent to the Fundação Ezequiel Dias. The result was positive for the disease.
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The prefecture said the patient is in good health, receiving medical care and remaining in home isolation, with symptomatic medication.
Em good landing, the Ministry of Health also confirmed the first case of Monkeypox. According to the prefecture, the patient is stable, without complications and in isolation at home. Also according to the municipal administration, two other suspected cases investigated have been ruled out.
What is monkey pox?
Monkeypox is a rare viral disease transmitted by close contact with an infected person.
Transmission can occur in the following ways:
- Through contact with the virus – with an infected animal, person or materials, including through animal bites and scratches, handling wild game or using products made from infected animals. It is not yet known which animal carries the virus in the wild, although African rodents are suspected of playing a role in transmitting smallpox to humans.
- Person-to-person: through direct contact with bodily fluids such as blood and pus, respiratory secretions or wounds of an infected person, during intimate contact – including during sexual intercourse – and during kissing , a hug or contact with parts of the body with injuries caused by the disease. It is not yet known whether monkeypox can be transmitted through semen or vaginal secretions.
- Through contaminated materials that have touched bodily fluids or wounds, such as clothing or bedding;
- From the mother to the fetus via the placenta;
- From mother to baby during or after birth, through skin-to-skin contact;
- Ulcers, lesions or sores in the mouth can also be infectious, meaning the virus can be spread through saliva.