Carolina Centeno, the province’s health minister, confirmed today the detection of the first case of monkeypox (also known as “monkey pox”) in Chaco.
Through his social networks, the head of the health portfolio commented that “this is a patient with a history of travel to Buenos Aires and Bariloche who complies with the well-established home isolation.”
Along these lines, he added that the development shown so far is “good”.
Monkeypox is a viral zoonosis caused by a virus belonging to the genus Orthopoxvirus. As of 22 November, 895 cases had been confirmed in Argentina.
Symptoms include fever, headache, muscle pain, fatigue, swollen glands, and skin rash. pic.twitter.com/2FjDUgOipq
— Carolina Centeno (@caro_centeno82) November 26, 2022
Centeno stressed that “the important thing is that in the presence of suspicious symptoms, people can consult health facilities for prompt and timely diagnosis and for the application of relevant protocols.”
Similarly, it was noted that the detection of cases occurred on a permanent basis “thanks to the epidemiological surveillance carried out by the Ministry of Health”.
How do I know I was exposed?
Exposure without respiratory protection (especially relevant for healthcare workers).
Direct physical contact, including sexual contact.
Contact with contaminated material such as clothing or bedding.
recommendations for the population
Anyone who presents compatible symptoms, especially rashes, poses some exposure risk with a travel history and/or suspected cases, should take isolation measures:
– don’t go to work
Do not participate in social events
– not going to school
You should apply respiratory protection measures:
Correct use of mask
– airy environment
Contact the health system immediately.