July 22, 2024

Monkeypox: ES investigates new suspected case of the disease

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The Espírito Santo Health Department (Sesa/ES) reported that this Wednesday (20) it began investigating a suspected case of monkeypox in the state. The case concerned a man between the ages of 30 and 39 with a recent travel history to the state of São Paulo.

According to the secretary, the patient is in home isolation after searching for a health service showing symptoms of fever, increased lymph nodes in the neck and rash.

Monitoring is carried out by the municipal epidemiological surveillance, which also monitors close contacts of the patient.

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Samples were collected and sent to the Central Public Health Laboratory of Espirito Santo (Lasine), for laboratory flow for differential diagnosis.

In a note, Sesa notes that Lacen is able to perform a specific molecular test to detect monkeypox virus, but has not yet received input from the Department of Health.

If there is no confirmation of any disease in the differential diagnosis, the samples will be sent to the reference laboratory in Rio de Janeiro.

The Secretariat also notes that with this new case under investigation, six cases have been reported to the State. All six cases are men between the ages of 20 and 49. Of these, three were eliminated, Two are positive and one is under investigation.


Symptoms of the disease usually appear between 5 and 21 days after contact with the virus. The most important ones:

– Back ache;
– body aches;
Excessive fatigue.
– Fever;
– Headache;
Sores and blisters on the skin.

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