The number of monkeypox cases in Brazil rises to 21

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Rio de Janeiro confirmed, this Wednesday (29), the fifth case of monkeypox in the state, taking the national total to 21, according to a survey by the CNN .

According to the State Department of Health (SES) of Rio, the state has already recorded 26 suspected cases of the disease, and five of them have been confirmed. Three patients reside in the capital of Rio de Janeiro.

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Seventeen cases were discarded and four are still under investigation. “Confirmed and suspected cases are monitored daily by the SES and the Health Surveillance teams of the municipalities”, informed the SES, in a note.

“Importantly, although the disease was first identified in monkeys, the current outbreak is not related to these animals”, concluded the Secretariat.

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Brazil has already confirmed 21 cases of monkeypox: 14 in São Paulo, two in Rio Grande do Sul, and five in Rio de Janeiro.

Last Friday (24), the Ministry of Health had warned that two cases in Rio de Janeiro and three in São Paulo are considered autochthonous, that is, the infections happened by local transmission. Patients had no history of travel abroad.

Brazil still has 28 cases under investigation: Ceará (4), Rio de Janeiro (4), Santa Catarina (1), Acre (3), Rio Grande do Sul (6), Federal District (1), Espírito Santo (1), Minas Gerais (3), Rio Grande do Norte (1), Goiás (1) and Paraná (3).

Monkeypox cases surpass 3,400 worldwide, says WHO

More than 3,400 confirmed cases of monkeypox and one death from the disease had been reported to the World Health Organization (WHO) as of Wednesday, most of them in Europe.

According to the WHO in an update this Monday (27), since June 17, 1,310 new diagnoses have been reported to the agency, with eight new countries on the list of those affected.

Monkeypox is not yet a global health emergency, as per the WHO’s decision last week, although the body’s director-general, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, said he was deeply concerned about the outbreak.

Source: CNN Brasil

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