Great goddesses of monkeys: UNESCO professor clarifies doubts  TN South

Great goddesses of monkeys: UNESCO professor clarifies doubts TN South

Great goddesses of monkeys: UNESCO professor clarifies doubts  TN South
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The Ministry of Health (MS) is monitoring and analyzing seven suspected monkey diseases (Monkeypox) recorded in recent days in Brazil. The states of Santa Catarina, Rio Grande do Sul, Sao Paulo, Ceará, Mato Grosso do Sul with one case each, next to Rondônia with two isolated patients awaiting test results.

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Tiago Moretti, a professor of biological sciences and the Museum of Zoology at UNESCO and a biologist at the Criciuma Regional Health Department, comments that monkeypox is a disease caused by the monkeypox virus and was named after its original discovery in monkey colonies, despite being found mainly in rodents.

According to Thiago, the problem is that this time, since May, there have been many confirmed cases in countries considered non-endemic to the virus or in people who have not had a direct link to travel to these endemic regions.

Germany, Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, United Arab Emirates, Scotland, Slovenia, Finland, France, Hungary, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Malta, Morocco, Mexico, Norway, Wales, Netherlands, Czech Republic, Sweden and Switzerland are territories with confirmed cases.

In Brazil, the Ministry of Health issued a statement on the current national situation last Sunday, the 5th, through its Situation Room for monitoring monkeypox cases in the country. The goal is to create an action plan for case research, laboratory tests and clinical data on the disease. Only Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Minas Gerais can conduct an investigation, but according to Health Minister Marcel Queiroga, the arrival of imported test kits will facilitate the diagnosis. Next Thursday (06/09), MS will launch an action, and on Friday (06/10), all state and central public health laboratories of the Federal District (Lacen) will already receive the first shipment of the kit.


As a virus primarily detected in animals, monkeypox is mainly transmitted by direct or indirect contact with the blood, body fluids, skin lesions, or mucous membranes of infected animals. However, what is happening now is human-to-human transmission, which mainly occurs through personal contact through respiratory drops (coughing or sneezing from an infected person), contact with skin lesions of infected people or recently contaminated items such as clothing, bedding or towels.

The symptoms are divided into two periods, first characterized by fever, headache, muscle pain and lower back pain. Then the rash starts, usually starts on the face and spreads to other parts of the body.Scratches

To appease the population, monkeypox or monkeypox is generally milder than human measles, eradicated from the world in the 70s and 80s through vaccination. “The comparison of monkey smallpox with something similar to Covid-19 is still far, primarily because monkey goddesses are already a well-known disease, for which there were earlier outbreaks, as in the USA in 2003, and for which we already have a vaccine, with an efficiency above 80% for the prevention of new cases of the disease. As we have not yet recovered from the pandemic, and now the virus with the “name” of smallpox, which in the case of smallpox was one of the largest pandemics in history and with a large number of deaths, makes people worried, “the teacher analyzes.

prevention and information

According to Thiago, it’s important not to go around and alert people or spread fake news. “Spreading the news that someone you know has monkeypox because they have the same symptoms of the disease is not the right thing to do. Also because symptoms such as fever, headache and skin rash are common in various diseases such as herpes simplex, bacterial skin infections, chicken pox / shingles, smallpox, among others. Therefore, the disease is confirmed only by laboratory tests and it should be noted that the mortality rate is very low “, he pointed out.

As for prevention, we must continue with the habits we are already used to, such as: washing our hands regularly with soap and water, and then using 70% alcohol. Healthcare professionals handling suspicious cases should take standard precautions, precautions in case of contact and drops, which include the use of eye protection, surgical masks, gowns and disposable gloves. “The only thing that will be added is that the items used by the suspect must be washed with warm water and detergent (towels, bedding, kitchen utensils) and the patient must remain in isolation until the crusts from the lesions disappear,” the doctor concluded.


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