Paul Aravena

HEALTH

Just three days after the first case, the Ministry of Health announced a new patient with Monkeypox. This time in La Araucanía.

The Minsal announced a new case of Monkeypox.
© AGENCY ONEThe Minsal announced a new case of Monkeypox.

On Friday, June 17, the Ministry of Health announced that the Public Health Institute (ISP) confirmed, through PCR analysis, the first case of Monkeypox in Chile.
This Monday the 20th, just three days later, the Minsal reported the second patient. This is an adult person from the Araucanía Region with a history of a trip to Europe in the last three weeks. As in the first case detected, the Regional Health Authority applied the surveillance protocol established by the Ministry of Health.
In addition, the ministry explained that the person is in good health, without complications and fulfilling the period of isolation.
Given the concern of the population, the recommendation of the Ministry of Health is to consult a doctor for people who have had close skin-to-skin contact with a person with injuries, including sexual intercourse, and who present sudden-onset skin lesions without other explanation, with one or more symptoms such as fever, swollen glands, muscle or back pain, and malaise. The history of travel abroad to countries that have presented cases in recent weeks is of special importance.
The epidemiological surveillance network and the care network have been prepared and activated for weeks. Chile has the testing technique for the diagnosis and treatment of this disease.

The Minsal recommends that, if in doubt, you can visit www.minsal.cl/viruela-del-mono/ or call the Salud Responde telephone number: 600 360 7777.

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