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Thursday, December 01, 2022

Colima reports the first case of smallpox, it is a woman

COLIMA, Col. (proceso.com.mx).- A 45-year-old woman was reported as the first confirmed case of smallpox in the state, while two children were diagnosed as a probable case and a case. suspected severe acute hepatitis of unknown cause, who started clinical treatment.

The Health Department of the Government of the State of Colima reported that the woman started with a clinical picture of fever, pain in the muscles, joints and lumbar region, retro-ocular pain and skin rashes on the face, neck, shoulders and lower extremities that caused itching. .

During the third extraordinary meeting of the State Committee on Health Security (CESS), the agency noted that, as an epidemiological background, the affected patient had contact with a person from Jalisco and others who had recently traveled to the United States, both contacts no apparent symptoms. No visible injuries.

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After the confirmation of the smallpox case, the Ministry of Health established the sanitary measures dictated by the protocol, including strict isolation, frequent hand washing, mandatory use of face masks for the patient and her family, avoiding sharing food and drinks, avoiding contact with injuries and handling of patient objects with gloves.

Likewise, clinical and epidemiological follow-up was indicated for 21 days for the patient and her contacts; although currently no symptoms or skin lesions have been identified in them, the woman evolved favorably and on an outpatient basis, with lesions in remission.

Regarding the two cases (one suspected and one probable) of severe acute hepatitis of unknown origin, the first was found in a 3-year-old child and the second in a 5-month-old infant.

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Both had symptoms of jaundice (yellow coloration of the skin and sclera of the eyes: white outer covering of the eye), with changes in liver function tests: the suspected case awaits a federal level result, both patients evolve favorably at home .

Aware of the scope of the Health Promotion strategy, the dependency requested the members of the CESS to distribute an infographic prepared by the Health Services on the simic viruela (with description, symptoms and how this disease spreads, as well as preventive measures).

The SS emphasized that if someone has signs and symptoms consistent with chickenpox, they should go to the nearest hospital for medical attention.

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