Bogota (The Times Groupe)- Colombian health officials confirmed three Monkeypox cases in adults traveling from Europe on Friday. Latin America
Two cases were reported in the national capital of Bogota, while a third was reported in Medellin.
More than 3,200 Monkeypox cases have been reported in 48 countries, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).
Chile, Mexico, Brazil, Venezuela, and Argentina were the first Latin American countries to confirm the disease.
After experiencing suspicious symptoms, two people — one from Argentina and one from Spain — tested positive, according to the Argentine Health Ministry.
Mexico reported its first “imported” case the next day, when a 50-year-old man from New York City “was probably infected in the Netherlands.”
A 41-year-old man who traveled to Spain and Portugal and was admitted to a hospital in Sao Paulo confirmed Brazil’s first case on June 9.
A patient from Spain was reported as Venezuela’s first case on June 13.
Monkeypox was confirmed in Chile on June 17. An adult who had traveled to Europe and presented symptoms related to this disease was found to have it, health officials said.
The World Health Organization is considering whether to declare Monkeypox a global emergency, which would give it the same status as the Coronavirus pandemic.
Until now, Monkeypox has mostly affected men who have sex with other men, but experts warn anyone in close contact with an infected person or their clothing could be infected. Before a rash appears on the skin, there can be fever, enlarged lymph nodes, back pain, and muscle aches.
According to WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Monkeypox may be more widespread than official numbers indicate.
“It is likely that person-to-person transmission is underestimated,” he said. Latin America