Bolivia confirms first case of monkeypox


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Bolivian experts have confirmed the first case of monkeypox in the country. This was announced on Monday by the Minister of Health of the Republic, Jason Ausa.


“We have just received information from the department of Santa Cruz, we have confirmed the first case of monkeypox in the Plurinational State of Bolivia,” he said at a press conference broadcast on the department’s Facebook page (banned in Russia; owned by Meta Corporation, which is recognized extremist in the Russian Federation).

According to the minister, the 38-year-old patient feels fine. Authorities believe he contracted monkeypox in another country. Ausa said experts are checking four more cases suspected of having the disease.

World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus declared the monkeypox outbreak a public health emergency on July 23.

Monkeypox is a rare viral disease that occurs mainly in remote areas in central and western Africa, located near tropical rainforests. Typically, the case fatality rate for monkeypox outbreaks is between 1% and 10%. Most deaths occur in younger age groups. There is no specific vaccine for monkeypox. However, vaccination against smallpox provides protection against this disease at the level of 85%.

Source: Rambler


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