Santa Cruz reinforces epidemiological surveillance in response to the monkeypox alert

Santa Cruz reinforces epidemiological surveillance in response to the monkeypox alert

After the Argentine Ministry of Health confirmed a second patient diagnosed with monkeypox, the Santa Cruz health authorities will strengthen epidemiological surveillance at the urban and departmental levels.

The Secretary of Health and Human Development of the Government of Santa Cruz, Fernando Pacheco, stated this Friday that epidemiological surveillance will be strengthened in order to detect a patient with symptoms of the disease, whose features are visible on the hands and face, with skin rashes.

This will be carried out in the health centers that depend on the departmental government, as well as the recommendation will be raised in air terminals, above all, flights arriving from abroad.

In this same line is the Santa Cruz commune, who asked the local staff to be attentive to anyone who may present symptoms.

Pacheco pointed out that it is unknown if the samples of the suspected patient found in the Santa Cruz capital were sent to Argentina, where they have reagents to detect the condition. These tasks are the responsibility of the National Center for Tropical Diseases (Cenetrop).

However, the national government reported that it is expected have the results for the following week, in five to seven days.

Meanwhile, the patient suspect is under observation and has not suffered complications, but his evolution is favorable, according to the report of those responsible for the Elvira Wunderlich health center.

Situation in Argentina

The Ministry of Health of Argentina confirmed this Friday its second case of monkeypox in a man who came to visit the country from Spain. The patient is “in good general condition.”

“The result of the PCR amplification reaction of the sample taken at second high probability case is positivewhich confirms infection with poxviruses belonging to the Eurasian-African group of the genus Orthopox. This result is consistent with the observation made by negative staining by transmission electron microscopy, where viral particles of said viral genus were detected,” the Ministry of Health reported in a statement.

Minister Carla Vizzotti said that “it corresponds to a resident in Spain, who is visiting the Province of Buenos Aires and who has no connection with the first case.”



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