Sao Paulo (Brazil), June 10: Brazil confirmed the country's first case of Monkeypox in the city of Sao Paulo on Thursday, according to local health authorities.
The virus was discovered in a 41-year-old man who had travelled to Spain and Portugal, according to the city's health secretariat. The patient is undergoing treatment in isolation at the Emilio Ribas Public Hospital, while his recent contacts are being monitored.
According to the secretariat, another possible monkeypox case being investigated in Sao Paulo involves a 26-year-old woman who is currently hospitalised.
Meanwhile, director-general of the World Health Organization (WHO) Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on Wednesday urged affected countries to identify all cases and contacts to control the outbreak.
"Over 1,000 #monkeypox cases have been reported from 29 countries where the disease is not endemic, with no deaths reported so far in these countries. @WHO urges affected countries to identify all cases and contacts to control the outbreak and prevent onward spread," Tedros said on Twitter.
Further emphasising the prevention of the onward spread of the disease, he said no deaths have been reported so far but the risk of monkeypox establishing in non-endemic countries is real.
Talking about the vaccines, Tedros added, "There are antivirals and vaccines approved for monkeypox but these are in limited supply." He further added that WHO is working on developing a coordination mechanism based on public health needs and mass vaccination is necessary as the disease has spread to 29 countries.
Monkeypox is usually a self-limiting disease that lasts 2 to 4 weeks, according to the WHO. It can be severe in children, pregnant women, and people who have immune suppression from other conditions.
The incubation time is usually 6 to 13 days, but it can range between 5 and 21 days.
Typical symptoms are fever, headache, muscle ache, backache, fatigue, swollen lymph nodes, and skin rashes or lesions.