First case of monkeypox confirmed in Lajeado

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This Friday (23), Lajeado confirms the first case of monkeypox, according to tests carried out by the Central State Laboratory (Lacen-RS), the Municipal Health Department (Sesa) was notified. This is a 27-year-old male resident of Lajeado.

The diagnosis took place after admission to the Bruno Born Hospital. Symptoms started on September 10, and the positive test for monkeypox disease was this Friday. The patient’s condition is considered stable and he remains hospitalized for monitoring the case.

about the disease

Monkeypox is a disease caused by Monkeypox virus (MPV), of the genus Orthopoxvirus and family Poxviridae. It is a zoonotic viral disease, whose transmission to humans can occur through contact with an infected animal or human or with human body material containing the virus.

Despite the popular name of the disease, non-human primates (monkeys) are not reservoirs of the virus. Although the reservoir is unknown, the main candidates are small rodents in the tropical forests of Africa, mainly in West and Central Africa. MPV is commonly found in these regions, and people with the virus were occasionally identified outside of them, usually in connection with travel to areas where MPV is endemic.


Human-to-human transmission occurs through personal contact with respiratory secretions, skin lesions from infected people or recently contaminated objects, with direct contact with the skin or contaminated objects playing a fundamental role. AI/EW

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