Chile confirms first monkeypox case

by IANS |

Santiago, June 18 (IANS) The Ministry of Health has confirmed Chile's first case of monkeypox in a young adult who had been to Europe.

The patient, a resident of Chile's Metropolitan region, came down with a sudden vesicular rash accompanied by swelling lymph nodes, Xinhua news agency reported, citing a statement by the ministry.

The patient was in good health and without complications, it added.

Health officials recommended "people who have traveled abroad and have had close skin-to-skin contact, including sexual intercourse, and have a sudden onset of inexplicable skin lesions, with one or more symptoms such as fever, swollen glands, muscle or back pain, and weakness," should consult a doctor.

"Monkeypox is a zoonotic viral disease" caused by viruses transmitted from animals to people, which belongs to the same family as the smallpox virus eradicated in 1980 and produces similar symptoms, "but less severe", according to the ministry.

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