The Ministry of Health (Minsa) reported this Monday, August 15, that the confirmed cases of monkeypox disease in Peru rose to 834. It was specified that those infected correspond to Metropolitan Lima (688), Lima Provinces (6), Callao (55), Ica (4), La Libertad (39), Áncash (3), Arequipa (14), Ucayali (2), Tacna (1), Loreto (3), Piura (5), Cusco (6), Cajamarca (2), Junín (2), Huánuco (2) and Lambayeque (2).
Through Twitter, the minsa He noted that all patients receive assistance and 321 of them have already been discharged. In addition, the identification of your contacts is carried out.
The health authorities are carrying out the identification of suspicious contacts of those who have tested positive for monkeypox.
The Minsa urged the population to maintain the prevention measures already disseminated by the health authorities to avoid a case of this type, including reducing contact with people suspected of having the infection, washing their hands frequently, wearing a mask correctly, keep social distancing and isolate yourself in case of presenting the characteristic symptoms of this disease.
What are the symptoms of monkeypox?
- It begins with fever, headache (headache) and fatigue.
- Presence of adenopathies (swollen lymph nodes) in the neck, armpits and groin.
- Skin lesions that evolve uniformly.
- The incubation time is usually between 7 and 14 days, and can be extended from 5 to 21 days.
Risk groups and complications
The Minsa points out that “usually the monkeypox virus infection does not lead to complications.” However, he adds that the presence of the following factors may be related to greater severity with hospitalization evaluation:
- Pregnant women.
- HIV patients, especially without adequate control.
- People with chronic skin lesions or recent burns (due to the risk of bacterial contamination).
The new one situational room of monkeypox shows the progress of daily cases classified by place (district and province), age, gender and provides a detailed list of the most recurrent symptoms of the registered cases.
In addition, it offers a graphic report on the projections in the increase or decrease of cases.
To access this information, the Minsa has made the portal available to the population: https://www.dge.gob.pe/sala-monkeypox/