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Health Minister declares monkeypox alert

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Posted 25/05/2022

While no suspicious case of monkeypox has been detected in Panama, the Minister of Health, Luis Francisco Sucre, has declared a health alert, which establishes a series of health plans and protocols for surveillance The measure comes before the alert recently issued by the World Health Organization (WHO), after cases of monkeypox have been registered in several countries in America, Europe and Asia.

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Health Ministry beefs up  monkeypox checks

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Posted 28/05/2022

The Ministry of Health (Minsa) confirmed Saturday, May 28, that it reinforced epidemiological surveillance at the points of entry into the country due to the health alert issued by the World Health Organization (WHO) due to the appearance of cases of monkeypox in 12 European countries.

In Panama,  to date, no suspected case of the disease has been detected, which is present in Australia, the United States, Europe, Canada, Mexico and Argentina. To date, 200 confirmed cases have been reported in the world, most of them in Spain and Portugal.

Monkeypox is an infectious disease and was discovered in 1970. It is caused by a virus transmitted to humans by infected animals however, person-to-person transmission is possible, but is considered rare.

For this reason, Minsa organized a meeting with the national and regional health directors of both the Social Security Fund and the Minsa with the purpose of aligning strategies and adopting preventive measures related to the possible arrival in Panamanian territory of the virus.

Yelkis Gill, director of Health Provision of the Minsa, said that among the points discussed is the comprehensive approach provided to the patient.

In addition, "effective" communication that must be given within the health regions and the reinforcement at the entry points were emphasized.

Meawhile it seeks to adapt r isolation rooms in hospitals located in health regions throughout the country.

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The Minister of Health, Luis Francisco Sucre, declared a health alert due to the possible appearance of monkeypox.

Sucre detailed at that time that the health alert establishes the obligation for health personnel in public hospitals of the Minsa and the Social Security Fund, as well as private hospitals, to report any person with suspicious symptoms of the disease.

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Chiriqui heightens  Monkeypox alert

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Posted 04/06/2022

The province of Chiriquí remains on epidemiological alert to the possibility of the entry of people infected with monkeypox.

The medical director of the Ministry of Health (Minsa) in Chiriquí, Gladys Novoa, confirmed the strengthening of health surveillance on the Panama-Costa Rica border, in seaports and at the Enrique Malek international airport in the city of David reports La Estrella.

“We hope that no cases of monkeypox are registered in Panama; however, our technical teams are prepared for the eventual management of patients with the disease and establish the corresponding biosafety protocols,” Novoa said.

Monkeypox was discovered in primates in 1958 and the first human infection occurred in 1970 in the Democratic Republic of the Congo; Since then, cases have been reported in other countries in West Africa and Central Africa, where one in 10 infected people dies, the Minsa explained in a press release. The virus can enter the body “through broken skin, the respiratory tract, or mucous membranes (eyes, nose, or mouth); There is no vaccine or specific treatment for the disease.

Symptoms are fever, swollen lymph nodes, headache and muscle pain, severe weakness, rash (3 days after fever); Unlike covid-19, a person can infect others only when they have symptoms.

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WHO reports 1000+ monkeypox cases in non-endemic countries

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Posted 08/06/2022

WHO reports 1000+ monkeypox cases in non-endemic countries

The WHO reported  at a Wednesday press conference that more than a thousand cases of monkeypox have already been confirmed in 29 non-endemic countries and has warned that in some areas there is already community transmission.

"No deaths have been reported in those countries but there are many cases,  which not only occur among men who have sex with men but there are already cases of community transmission and infected women," said Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. , who has shown his "concern" about the virus spreading to vulnerable groups, such as children or pregnant women.

For this reason, the director-general of the United Nations agency asked the countries to make all the necessary efforts to identify the cases and their contacts, in order to control the outbreak and prevent further spread of the virus.

Tedros recalled that throughout this year there have been 1,400 suspected cases of monkeypox in Africa and 66 deaths, and regretted that the international community has paid attention to the virus when it has affected high-income countries.

"This virus has been circulating and killing people in Africa for decades without the international community paying attention to it, so it is necessary to provide health care and access to tools in these areas to protect themselves," added the director of the WHO, to insist that the body is not in favor of carrying out mass vaccination, although it is in favor of facilitating access to vaccines for those who need it.

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Gorgas Institute finds no monkeypox in Panama

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Posted 09/06/2022

Epidemiological surveillance of monkeypox is maintained in Panama through the Gorgas Commemorative Institute for Health Studies, and there are no suspected cases of the disease in the country said the Minister of Health, Luis Francisco Sucre, on Thursday.

"We are also working with the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) in conjunction with other countries to have the specific test" to detect those infected, Sucre said.

He added that at this time the Gorgas Institute for Health Studies "is trained to be able to diagnose" the presence of the virus.

Sucre's statements came after the Costa Rican Ministry of Health reported that the suspected case of monkeypox in the Central American country had been ruled out.

Regarding covid-19, he explained that recombined cases are occurring in the country, that is, patients have been infected with two different variants of Omicron, for example, with BA.1 and BA.2.

 Advisor to the Ministry of Health, Eyra Ruiz, announced that a new batch of pediatric vaccines will be arriving in Panama in the coming days to continue with the application to minors.

Ruiz mentioned that in the next few days the drugs Molnupiravir and Paxlovid will arrive in the country, which seeks to reduce the impact of covid-19 on patients with chronic diseases.

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Panama  confirms first case of monkeypox

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Posted 05/07/2022

Health Minister Luis Francisco Sucre confirmed on Tuesday the first case of monkeypox in Panama. The Minister said that it is a 30-year-old man who had contact with a traveler from Europe ".Minister Sucre explained that it is a 30-year-old man who had contact with a traveler from Europe, where the contagion could come from. "The person in Europe called  and told him that he could be infected."In the morning, of Monday, July 4, this person went to the clinic of the Gorgas Commemorative Institute for Health Studies, where he underwent a test that gave a positive result. "

 Sucre said that the person remained isolated at home and today he was transferred to the San Miguel Arcángel hospital.He said that once the case was detected, Minsa activated traceability and possible contacts to contain the spread of the virus. He said that the patient is fully established, physically and very well, and does not have any type of complications. “He is going to be given support treatment, which is a symptomatic treatment to control the symptoms of fever and other discomforts.”

He stressed that there is no reason to be alarmed, "we can be calm, the Ministry of Health with the Gorgas Memorial Institute maintains epidemiological surveillance, traceability of the individual, and genomic surveillance permanently."

Sucre said that at this time what is demonstrated is that patients do not necessarily have to be hospitalized or isolated in any essential part, that is, they can be in their residences in a calm way. As this is the first case, it is kept under surveillance, but there is a very low risk of contagion through the respiratory route. "We don’t rule out the possibility because the virus is found in the secretions, but we reiterate that what the epidemiological and scientific evidence is that the main route and form of transmission is through intimate relationships,” added Sucre.

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 On May 24, Panama declared a health alert, and epidemiological surveillance was redoubled at all points of entry into the national territory, in addition, the corresponding isolation rooms have been set up.

Monkeypox is a virus that is transmitted by direct or indirect contact with blood and body fluids, and its symptoms include fever, headache, swollen glands, lumbar pain, muscle pain, and lack of energy.

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Panama’s only case of monkeypox treated and cured

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The patient was treated in hospital.

Posted 02/08/2022

To date, the Panamanian Health authorities have only registered one case of monkeypox and this person has already overcome the disease.

Panama’s only case– a 30-year-old man - was discharged from hospital after treatment two weeks ago report health authorities.

On July 4, the Gorgas Commemorative Institute for Health Studies confirmed the first case of monkeypox in Panama that had contact with visitors from Europe.

Israel Cedeño, director of the Metropolitan Health Region, confirmed that the person overcame the disease two weeks after it was reported as the first case of monkeypox in the country.

“He did not develop many symptoms and few injuries. Traceability was done and in Panama, there were no close contact or suspicious cases linked to him,” Cedeño confirmed.

6,875 cases
In the latest report of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) on monkeypox, dated July 28, it is detailed that in the Americas there are 6,785 confirmed cases from 19 countries and territories.

Likewise, it is highlighted that the majority of confirmed cases correspond to men and that 81% are between 25 and 45 years old.

On July 23, the World Health Organization declared monkeypox a global health emergency, due to the increase in cases.

Because of this disease, on May 24, Panama declared a health alert throughout the country.

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Second case of  monkeypox in Panama

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Posted 06/08/2022

The Ministry of Health (Minsa) has confirmed the second case of monkeypox in Panama - a 33-year-old man, who underwent a test at the Gorgas Memorial Institute, which gave a positive result, after becoming infected during a trip abroad. The epidemiology report highlights that the patient began with symptoms on Sunday, July 31, such as fatigue, general malaise, continuous and persistent high-grade fever (39 degrees) and diarrhea.

On Wednesday, August 3, the appearance of multiple skin lesions began that progressed to pustules.

Once the case was detected, the MINSA activated the response teams and began the traceability of the case, the investigation of possible close contacts, and established the necessary prevention and control measures to contain the spread of the virus, At the beginning of July, the first case of monkeypox was registered, a 30-year-old man, who two weeks ago overcame the disease.

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Panama’s third case of monkeypox detected in Arraiján

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Posted 13/08/2022

The Ministry of Health (Minsa) reported on Saturday, August 13, that the third case of monkeypox has been detected in the country. This is a 33-year-old man residing in the district of Arraiján, province of Panamá Oeste who presented symptoms on August 7. On August 9, the patient presented skin lesions and on August 12 he went to the Artemio Jaén health center where the samples were sent to the Gorgas Commemorative Institute for Health Studies.

https://www.newsroompanama.com/health/panamas-third-case-of-monkeypox-detected-in-arraijan

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