The Ministries of Health of the countries that make up the Common Market of the South (Mercosur) They are working on developing a joint preparedness and response plan to deal with the arrival of monkeypox.
(Keep reading: Monkeypox: INS confirms new case in Colombia)
This was stated this Monday by the head of the Uruguayan Public Health portfolio, Daniel Salinas, during a press conference he gave shortly after meeting with authorities from Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Bolivia -an associated country but not part of the bloc-.
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“We did a fine-tuning together of the world situation, the situation in the Americas and the regional situation,” he assured. He also spoke about the situation of vaccines to prevent the disease, which, he said, will be about 100,000 for all of the Americas.
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“This is not a generalized vaccine, but specifically directed. The quantities are small because the estimate of what is needed is small,” said Salinas, who added that Uruguay will receive some 6,000 between October and November.
The Uruguayan also took the opportunity to transmit “tranquility” about what is also known as monkey poxwhich, he pointed out, should not generate the same level of alarm as the coronavirus.
“This condition is not like the coronavirus. This is different for many reasons,” said Salinas, who highlighted the low lethality of the condition, which generates a skin rash and is transmitted by contact with the skin or secretions of the infected person.
“This is something limited, controllable and depends a lot on the type of attitude that the person has,” the minister said about morbidity and mortality, adding that serious cases are limited to people “in a state of vulnerability” and immunosuppression.
Finally, Salinas said that this is not “a problem” of the LGBTIQ+ community and explained that, Although 98.9% of the cases in the region occurred in men between 18 and 44 years of age, there were also cases in women and children.
Last Friday, the Uruguayan Ministry of Public Health confirmed the first case of monkeypox in the country and, according to the portfolio in a statement, the patient had a travel history in recent days.
(Also read: FDA authorizes more doses of monkeypox vaccine)
Two days earlier, the director general of the World Health Organization (WHO), Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, assured that the international emergency due to the monkeypox outbreak, which adds up to more than 18,000 cases, it can be stopped “if its risks are taken seriously and the necessary steps are taken to stop its transmission.”
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