The Department of Epidemiology of the Ministry of Health (MINSA) reports that, to date, twelve (12) new cases of monkeypox have been registered, totaling 78 accumulated cases in the country.
Of these 78 accumulated, 13 are active cases broken down as follows: 8 in home isolation and 5 in isolation in health facilities. And 65 chaos have completed their isolation without major setback.
It should be noted that patients are taking 7 to 9 days to go to seek medical attention.
The samples were sent to the Gorgas Memorial Institute where they were processed, giving positive results with monkeypox, so the regional health teams immediately carried out field investigations in order to determine the close contacts of these cases and offer them vaccination. against monkeypox to break the chain of virus transmission and the spread of the disease.
For its part, the Expanded Immunization Program (PAI) reports that, until Monday, December 19, they have applied 42 doses monkeypox vaccine in the following regions: 29 doses in the Metropolitan Health Region; ten (10) in West Panama; one (1) in Chiriquí, one (1) in San Miguelito and one (1) in Coclé.
Since last May 24, Panama has maintained a health alert throughout the country and epidemiological surveillance has been redoubled in all health regions and all points of entry into the national territory.
MINSA recalls that the transmission of monkeypox is spread from person to person, it can be caused by skin lesions, from one infected person to another, respiratory and body fluids; and also through infected clothing or any surface that has been in contact with the lesions.
Likewise, it is reminded that people maintain healthy lifestyles, avoid contagion through safe sex and maintaining self-care measures.