November 29, 2022

Puerto Rico confirms its second case of monkeypox

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(CNN Spanish) — The Puerto Rico Department of Health confirmed this Friday its second positive case of monkeypox.

The authorities explained in a press release that “it corresponds to an adult in the age group of 20 to 35 years with a travel history to Europe. The patient was under monitoring and remains in isolation at home.

The first case was confirmed by the Department of Health on June 29. That person is in isolation at her home and in stable condition.

The Department of Health adds that, of a total of five suspected cases, three yielded negative results and one was reclassified for not meeting the clinical and epidemiological criteria.

“At the moment, there are no additional suspected cases,” reads part of the statement.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of the United States (CDC, for its acronym in English) issued in early June a level 2 alert notice – equivalent to a moderate level – for travelers “extreme precautions” due to to the spread of monkeypox.

Monkeypox, a member of the Orthopoxvirus genus, is normally associated with the jungle areas of central and western Africa, but cases have been confirmed in several countries around the world.

According to the CDC, cases have been confirmed in Europe, North America, South America, North Africa, the Middle East, and Australia.

The World Health Organization notes that clinical signs are usually fever, rash, and swollen lymph nodes. And its transmission between people is limited through close contact with someone who is infected.



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