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.

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“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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