TookThe National Institutes of Health (INS) announced measures to prevent and reduce the spread in Colombia, following maximum alert by the World Health Organization (WHO) due to the monkeypox outbreaks being experienced in many countries around the world. Of. of this disease.
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INS General Director Martha Ospina said that from May 20, various health services in the country have started planning to identify suspected cases.
“We started with intensive surveillance of rash diseases in Colombia, with which we have been able to identify suspected cases of monkeypox,” Ospina said.
Since May 20, there have been 26 suspected cases in the country, of which 10 are positive: nine in the city of Bogota and one in Medellin.
In addition, the general director of the National Institutes of Health said that after all these people have been studied by their chain of contact, it was possible to find that only one of them has a positive case in the nucleus closest to them.
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One of the biggest concerns of INS is the large number of cases that occur in some countries in the region, such as the United States and Canada, that can generate community transmission.
“It is essential that we increase the measures within this phase of containing the spread, which we are still in the country in,” the official said.
Similarly, the general director stressed that Colombia has “a small window of opportunity” to avoid community transmission of the disease, as cases are still low in the country.
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Similarly, Colombia has an example of what is being done abroad to stop the spread of monkeypox.
Health officials in many countries around the world have recommended certain items to avoid becoming infected with monkeypox. These include isolating yourself in case of discomfort or skin injury, wearing a face mask to prevent transmission through fluids such as saliva, and washing your hands frequently.