Monkeypox: Argentina confirms the first cases of patients with the disease in Latin America

Two cases of Monkeypox in Argentina

Argentina confirmed this Friday two cases of Monkeypox, the first registered in Latin America of the disease that has currently been detected in more than 20 countries.


The Ministry of Health indicated that they are two people, one Argentine and the other a resident of Spain, who have “no connection”.

First case of a resident of the province of Buenos Aires:

The first case was that of a resident of the province of Buenos Aires who was recently in Spain and who presented suspicious symptoms of the disease.

“The patient is in good condition, undergoing symptomatic treatment and his close contacts are under clinical and epidemiological control without presenting symptoms to date,” the Ministry of Health said in a statement.

Second case of a resident of Spain:

Later, the same ministry confirmed a second case, that of a resident of Spain who arrived in Buenos Aires on Wednesday and presented suspicious symptoms the following day.

“The person has ulcerative lesions without other associated symptoms (…) The patient is in good general condition, isolated, and receiving symptomatic treatment,” the institution reported.


Both patients are isolated and the people who had contact with them were notified and did not present symptoms until this Friday.

Worldwide, more than 300 cases of monkeypox have been reported in more than 20 countries, most of them in Europe, where this central and western African disease is not endemic.

In Spain, almost 100 patients have been confirmed until this Friday.

The outbreak in atypical countries

Monkeypox, caused by a poxvirus of the genus Orthopox, has been detected for decades in regions of central and western Africa.


“An outbreak is currently taking place in numerous countries that normally do not have cases. It is called monkeypox because it was first detected in monkeys,” says the World Health Organization (WHO).

Symptoms of monkeypox

Symptoms of monkeypox include rash, fever, headache, muscle aches, back pain, swollen lymph nodes, chills, and exhaustion.

How Monkeypox Spread?

It is spread by physical contact with an infected person who already has symptoms, such as fever, severe headache, muscle aches, exhaustion, swollen lymph nodes, and a skin rash or lesions.

“The rash, bodily secretions (including fluids, pus or blood from skin lesions) and scabs are particularly infectious, ” says the WHO.

Before Argentina, in the American continent, it had only been detected in Canada and the United States.

Last Tuesday, the Bolivian government decreed an epidemiological alert even without having suspected or confirmed cases.

Cheyenne Cox is a news report covering multiple Market and economy News. She is creative and highly professional writer. Cheyenne holds a degree in communication and journalism and has also a Diploma in digital marketing. She belongs to south Africa who has also lived in Europe and is currently based in the US.

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