Health Ministry Probing First Suspected Case of Monkeypox in Argentina

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May 23. Argentina’s Health Ministry announced Monday that it is investigating the country’s first suspected case of monkeypox.

In a statement, the government said that the patient, who is from Buenos Aires Province and returned to the country a week ago from Spain, had symptoms compatible with the rare disease, including “pustules on different parts of the body and fever.”

The unnamed individual, who was in Europe from April 28 to May 16, is in “good general health,” the Health Ministry said.

Monkeypox symptoms include fever, muscle aches, swollen lymph nodes, chills, exhaustion and a chickenpox-like rash on the hands and face.

The virus, which causes distinctive pustules but is rarely fatal, has previously been seen in central and west Africa. No treatment exists for the rare disease, but the symptoms usually clear up after two to four weeks.

Argentina’s Health Ministry said that samples from the suspected case had been taken for analysis at the ANLIS-Carlos Malbrán state health institute.

As of May 21, the World Health Organization has received reports of 92 laboratory-confirmed monkeypox cases and 28 suspected cases from 12 countries where the disease is not endemic, including several European nations, the United States, Australia and Canada.

Source: Buenos Aires Times

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