1,968 cases of monkeypox reported in Mexico

The Ministry of Health has a record report of 1,968 cases of monkeypox in our country, according to information presented until October 3.

The epidemiological report says that 3,564 people who meet the operational definition of a probable case have already been identified, of which 1,968 are confirmed, 446 under study, and 1,150 ruled out by laboratory tests, says the statement released this afternoon.

The Institute of Epidemiological Diagnosis and Reference (InDRE) reported that the positive cases are distributed in 31 states: Mexico City, 1,184 infections; Jalisco, 240; State of Mexico, 189; Yucatan, 77; Quintana Roo, 46; Chiapas, 25; Tabasco, 27; New Leon, 21; Lower California, 14; Morelos, 13; Veracruz, 14; Chihuahua, 11; and Guanajuato, 10.

Likewise, Puebla, 12; Coahuila, 10; Nayarit, nine; Hidalgo, eight; Queretaro, eight; Sinaloa, eight; Oaxaca, seven; Aguascalientes, seven; Campeche, five; Michoacan, four; Colima, four; Sound, three; Tamaulipas, three; Zacatecas, three; Warrior, two; Tlaxcala, two; Baja California Sur, one; and San Luis Potosí, one.

Of the total confirmed cases, 98 percent correspond to men and two percent to women; 47.6 percent of people are between 30 and 39 years old, that is, 936 of the 1,968 confirmed. Also, 25 people are under 20 years old; 518, from 20 to 29; 383, from 40 to 49; 93, from 50 to 59 and 13, 60 or more.

As of September 30, 68,265 confirmed cases were reported worldwide in 106 countries, territories and areas in the six regions of the World Health Organization (WHO), as well as 25 deaths.

This disease is transmitted by direct contact with the secretions of a sick person through mucous membranes or skin lesions, respiratory droplets, and objects contaminated with body fluids. The illness lasts an average of 21 days.

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It can be prevented by avoiding direct physical contact with people who are sick or suspected of having the disease. Sexual contact is an activity that must be taken into account, since it is spread by very close contact between two or more people.

There are practices that can increase the risk of infections, including monkeypox, such as: sex with strangers, dark rooms or sex parties; this, due to the close contact between people during these activities.

Those who care for family members with the disease should wash the sick person’s clothes, towels and sheets and eating utensils with warm water and detergent; also, clean and disinfect contaminated surfaces. In case of presenting symptoms, patients should avoid approaching other people and not go to public places.


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