September 25, 2022

First case of monkeypox confirmed in Maranhão

According to SES, the patient's clinical condition is stable.

According to SES, the patient’s clinical condition is stable. (Photo: publicity)

Sue Louis – The Secretary of State for Health (SES), in the late afternoon of Wednesday (10), confirmed the first positive case of monkeypox (Monkeypox) in Maranhão.

According to SES, the confirmed positive case is a 42-year-old man, resident of São Luis, with comorbidities and no travel history.

Also according to SES, the patient is still accompanied by Dr. Carlos Maciera and his clinical condition remains stable.

The State and Municipal Health Surveillance Strategic Information Centers (CIevs) monitor the situation.

understand the situation

the patient He was initially admitted to the local Djalma Marque Hospital (Socorrão I), in São Luis, last Friday (5), with muscle weakness, pain, fever and pustular lesions. the man On Saturday (6), he was transferred to Dr. Carlos MacieraHe was admitted to the hospital and underwent tests to confirm the disease.

neglected cases

In Maranhão, three suspected cases of monkeypox have already been ruled out by the SES. The first case occurred in São Luis, when a five-year-old had symptoms of the disease, after an assessment by the Ministry of Health (MS), through the Strategic Information Center on Health Surveillance (Cievs).

The second suspected case was a 30-year-old man who had symptoms similar to the disease. SES dismissed the case on June 17.

The third suspected case occurred in the municipality of Belsas, and included a 38-year-old patient who sought medical help on June 17 after symptoms of the disease appeared and epidemiological criteria were not met.


Monkeypox is a disease caused by infection with a virus monkeypox, which causes symptoms similar to those of smallpox. It begins with fever, headache, muscle aches, fatigue, and swollen lymph nodes.

The rash usually appears one to three days after the fever begins, first appearing on the face and spreading to other parts of the body, including the hands and feet.

In some cases it can be fatal, although it is usually milder than smallpox. The disease is transmitted to humans by various wild animals such as rodents and primates, but it can also be transmitted between people after direct or indirect contact.


The first doses of the monkeypox vaccine intended for Brazil should arrive in September, the health ministry’s executive secretary, Daniel Pereira, and the ministry’s health monitoring minister, Arnaldo Medeiros, reported recently. About 20,000 doses will arrive in the country in September; And 30 thousand in October.

Only healthcare professionals who handle samples collected from patients and people who have had direct contact with patients will be vaccinated. The vaccination schedule will be made in two doses, with an interval of 30 days between them.

The acquisition will be made through an agreement with the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) because the Danish company that produces the non-recurring vaccine does not have an office in Brazil and does not intend to open a representation in the country. “There is a request from the Pan American Health Organization for 100,000 doses of vaccines for the Americas. Of these 100,000 doses, 50,000 will be purchased by the Ministry of Health,” Medeiros detailed.

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