ONE The Directorate-General for Health (DGS) announced this Thursday that 40 more cases of infection with the Monkeypox virus were registered during the last week, thus increasing the total number of cases counted in Portugal since the beginning of the outbreak to 810.
This is because, on Thursday, the existence of 770 cases of the disease in national territory had already been confirmed.
Of the total number of cases recorded until Wednesday, August 17, 729 of them were reported in SINAVE (National Epidemiological Surveillance System). Of these, the vast majority (723, corresponding to 99.2% of cases) are male exams. So far, only six women have contracted the virus, according to the health authority.
It is in the age group from 30 to 39 years old that the largest share of cases is recorded, 308, which is equivalent to 42% of all infections reported in Portugal.
The disease was identified throughout the country, with the exception of the Autonomous Region of the Azores. However, in the Lisbon and Tagus Valley region, the disease has a greater expression, with 79.5% of cases having been developed in it. The north of the country follows (15%), while in other regions the percentage of infections does not exceed 2.5%.
After having started, on August 16, the health authority of today2 of the cases close to the date of birth, on August 16, the date of birth of 15 close people. However, more than 142 people received the vaccine as they had not been reported in the previous DGS update.
“Continue to be identified even for contacts considered to be different authorities for health.
From an international perspective, the world report was still reported to the Health Organization (WHO), so far, 37,736 confirmed cases and 1 confirmed cases of human infection by Monkeypox, in a total of 93 countries. There are still 12 deaths from the disease to be regretted.
At that time, having reported the 770 cases reported in the previous DGS, Portugal presented itself as the most impacted country by the disease at an international level. Even the United States, Spain (5,719) and Germany (3,187) were then at the top of the list of nations with the most cases.
The United Kingdom (3,055), Brazil (2,985), France (2,749), Canada (1,059), the Netherlands (1,029), Peru (834) and finally Portugal (770) followed.
“The DGS responds to the epidemiological situation, monitoring and adapting at the national level, when necessary, an implementation of health measures, namely, it is not about respecting the public issue”, the authority also guaranteed.
The first cases of this disease in the national territory were detected on May 3, with laboratory confirmation of five cases of human infection, recording the DGS in its weekly report.
Monkeypox is an Orthopoxvirus (the best known genus is the smallpox) and the genus is transmissible through contact with animals, close contact with infected people or with contaminated materials.
The most common symptoms of fever, headache, severe pain, increased back, increased skin, increased breast globules with a progressive increase in eruptions that reach the mucous membranes.
Infection with this virus was first detected in a human being in 1970 and has become endemic in Central and West African countries.
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