DF investigates first suspected cases of monkeypox and mysterious hepatitis

The Health Department of the Federal District is investigating a suspected case of monkeypox and another of mysterious hepatitis. The information was confirmed by the folder, on the afternoon of this Tuesday (21/6).

Monkeypox: What is known so far about the disease

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A child aged 5 to 9 years is suspected of having mysterious hepatitis. According to the folder, she is in good health and being monitored.

As for monkeypox, the suspected case in the DF is a man between 20 and 29 years old.

In a note, the Department of Health said that it notified the Ministry of Health of a suspected case in the initial investigation of hepatitis of unknown etiology. “This is a child, aged 5 to 9 years, and is in good health, performing outpatient follow-ups”, he pointed out.

“A suspicious case was also reported in the initial investigation of Monkeypox, male, age group 20 to 29 years,” the ministry said.

The secretariat reinforced that the “DF is already prepared to deal with the situation”. “As soon as the first cases were registered in Brazil, the Center for Strategic Information on Health Surveillance (Cievs) of the DF issued an epidemiological alert to the primary care and hospital units of the public and private networks. The Department of Health remains attentive and monitoring the cases, until the laboratory results come out”, he concluded.

Symptoms

The Ministry of Health has already confirmed eight people infected with monkeypox in Brazil.

Monkeypox was first diagnosed in humans in 1970 and, according to the profile of infected patients today (mostly gay or bisexual men), it is probably transmitted through unprotected sex, or through contact with injuries to sick people or droplets released during breathing.

The first symptoms are fever, headache, body and back pain, swollen lymph nodes, exhaustion, chills and blisters that appear all over the body (especially face, hands and feet) and evolve, forming crusts until they fall off.

Hepatitis: what is the disease, what are the symptoms and causes

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According to the Ministry of Health, Brazil investigates 72 cases of acute hepatitis and accounts for 21 discarded records. The ministry is also investigating whether six deaths were caused by this disease.

One more disease has been raising the alarm in fathers and mothers all over Brazil: the outbreak of “mystery hepatitis”. The condition bears this name because of its unknown origin and can have serious consequences, such as liver transplantation.

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