The monkeypox virus is transmitted from person to person by close contact

Venezuelan authorities announced on Sunday that the first case of a patient infected with the Monkeypox virus was detected in Venezuela.

In a statement, the Ministry of Popular Power for Health (MPPS) of Venezuela explained that this is a patient who arrived at Simón Bolívar de Maiqueita International Airport (north of Caracas) on a flight from Madrid and who had contact with two infected in the Spanish city of Barcelona.

“He was immediately isolated and the relevant tests were carried out (…), testing positive”, finding himself “in stable health conditions”, he added.

The MPPS also indicated that, as the entity responsible for health in Venezuela, it is carrying out “screening the chain of contagions to establish an epidemiological siege”.

Monkeypox, from the family of the virus that causes smallpox, is spread from person to person through close contact with injuries, body fluids, respiratory droplets and contaminated materials.

The incubation time is usually seven to 14 days, and the disease, popularly known as monkeypox, lasts, on average, two to four weeks.

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