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Argentina confirms South America’s first cases of monkeypox

According to statements by the Ministry of Health, Argentina confirmed Friday the first two cases of monkeypox Latin America.

Spain, Portugal and England have the highest numbers of cases due to the recent epidemic of the mild viral disease. These countries are normally located in West and Central Africa.

“The outcome of the PCR result of the case in question is positive,”The Health Ministry stated that Argentina’s first case was under control and that all close contacts with the patient were under epidemiological and clinical surveillance. There were no symptoms.

Later that afternoon, the ministry confirmed the case of another Spanish citizen, who arrived in Argentina on Wednesday. He began developing ulcerous lesions the following day.

“The patient is in good general condition, isolated and receiving symptomatic treatment,”The ministry stated.

The majority of reported infections in the world have not been severe. Most of the monkeypox cases have been reported in men who have had sex with other men. A rash and fever are the symptoms.

Around 20 countries in which monkeypox has not become an epidemic have reported cases of the virus, with over 200 confirmed and suspected infections, mainly in Europe.

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