Ministry creates group of scientists to monitor monkeypox

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The Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovations (MCTI) formed a Temporary Technical Chamber to monitor developments regarding the monkeypox virus, known as monkey pox .

The measure was taken on Thursday (19). The group has a consultative character and was named CâmaraPox MCTI.

According to the ministry, the initiative was “necessary in view of the cases of infection registered in the United Kingdom, Portugal, Spain and the United States in May 2022”.

So far, there are no records of monkeypox cases in Brazil.

“We are vigilant, within the scope of scientific research, following up on cases in other countries, and for that we rely on the advice of this group of experts. In terms of research, development and innovation, we are anticipating the possibility of the virus arriving in our country,” said MCTI Research and Scientific Training Secretary Marcelo Morales.

The group is currently made up of seven Brazilian specialists from the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG) and from the Feevale University. They have already produced two technical reports on the disease, involving the main forms of contagion and the information available on cases registered in other countries.

According to the ministry, the committee provides technical-scientific advice to the ministry on strategies and needs in the area of ​​science, technology and innovation needed in the health area.

Posted by Wellington Ramalhoso

Source: CNN Brasil

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