Monkeypox cases in Brazil rise to 76; Colombia rises to 5

Monkeypox cases in Brazil rise to 76; Colombia rises to 5
The arms and legs of a 4-year-old girl with monkeypox in Liberia

BRASILIA, July 4 (NNN-Xinhua) — A new case of monkeypox has been confirmed in Brazil, bringing the total number in the country to 76, the Ministry of Health reported.

The case, discovered in the Federal District of Brasilia, involves a man in his 30s who had recently traveled abroad.

The patient is in isolation and monitored by medical professionals.

The ministry added that it had requested the Center for Strategic Information in Health Surveillance to collect all data on monkeypox cases in the country.

Brazil, the most populated country in Latin America, has registered the highest number of cases in the state of Sao Paulo with 52 confirmed infections, followed by Rio de Janeiro with 16.

The ministry said the rest of the cases have been reported in the states of Minas Gerais, Rio Grande do Sul, Rio Grande do Norte, and the Federal District.

Brazil reported the country’s first case of monkeypox in the city of Sao Paulo in early June. The virus was detected in a 41-year-old man who had traveled to Spain and Portugal. 

BOGOTA: Two new cases of monkeypox were detected in Colombia, bringing the total number of cases in the country to five, local health authorities reported.

The new cases were two related adults, one of whom had recently arrived from Europe and infected the other, said Bogota’s Secretary of Health Alejandro Gomez, adding the two patients are currently in isolation, with their care managed on an outpatient basis.

“We have four cases of monkeypox in the city of Bogota, and the four cases are not serious,” he said, noting, “The epidemiological cordon, contact tracing and the studies are being carried out normally, as is usually done.”

The first three monkeypox cases in Colombia were detected on June 23 in people who had returned from Europe, the Ministry of Health and Social Protection reported.

The ministry has urged the public not to panic but also called on them to stay alert to any symptoms or contact with infected people. — NNN-XINHUA


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