Portugal has exceeded 200 cases of monkeypox

Portugal has exceeded 200 cases of monkeypox

The number of cases of monkeypox in Portugal exceeds 200, and in the last 24 hours, 18 more infections have been confirmed, the General Directorate of Health announced today.

The National Institute of Health Doutor Ricardo Jorge (INSA) in Portugal has so far confirmed 209 cases of human infection with the monkeypox virus, according to the SBS in a statement published on the website.

All confirmed infections are in men aged 19 to 61, and most are younger than 40, they say in health care, adding that patients are under clinical follow-up and are stable.

Most infected have been reported in Lisbon and the Vale do Tejo, but there are also cases in the North and Algarve regions.

The SBS says that the information gathered through epidemiological research is analyzed in order to contribute to the assessment of the epidemic at the national and international level.

The SBS continues to monitor the situation at the national level in cooperation with the European institutions.

The director general of the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday that more than 1,000 cases of monkeypox have already been confirmed in 29 non-endemic countries, and warned that community-based transmission already exists in some areas.

In a document posted on the website about the disease, the SBS advises anyone who has symptoms and signs compatible with the disease, and especially if they have had close contact with someone who could be infected, to contact infection screening centers. sexually transmitted diseases, use emergency services for counseling and assessment or call SNS line 24 (808 24 24 24).

The SBS explains that the infection can be transmitted from one person to another through close physical contact, including sexual contact. “It is currently unknown whether the monkeypox virus can be transmitted through semen or vaginal fluids, but direct skin-to-skin contact with lesions in sexual practice can transmit it,” the document said.

Contact with personal clothing, bedding, towels, items such as cutlery, plates or other contaminated personal utensils can also transmit the infection.

“People who interact closely with someone who is infected, including health workers, illegitimate people and sexual partners, are therefore at higher risk of transmitting the disease to them,” the document said, adding that “it is not yet clear enough whether someone infected with the virus but who has not yet developed signs or symptoms of infection (i.e., during the incubation period) can transmit the virus ”.

The most common symptoms are fever, severe headache, muscle pain, back pain, fatigue, enlarged lymph nodes with a progressive rash that affects the skin and mucous membranes.

Lesions on the skin usually begin one to three days after the onset of fever and can be flat or slightly raised, with clear or yellowish fluid, and eventually ulcerate and form crusts that later dry out and fall off, says DGS.

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