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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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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.

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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.

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Two new cases of monkeypox in Panama

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Posted 19/08/2022

Two new cases of monkeypox were detected in Panama on t Friday, August 19, bringing the total to seven reports f the Ministry of Health (Minsa).

Melva Cruz, general director of Health, said that two Panamanian men, one 56 years old and the other 36 years old, are the ones infected with the disease.

Cruz explained that both patients, without any relationship, presented skin lesions and due to the increase in these, they went to a hospital facility, where they were clinically evaluated.

Samples were taken and the Gorgas Memorial Institute confirmed the two new positive cases.

The patients are isolated in the San Miguel Arcángel Hospital, in  San Miguelito t, because they did not have the conditions required for quarantine in their residence.

Traceability teams have been activated.

“It is important that when we are in front of a person suspected or diagnosed with monkeypox, we wear a mask,” Cruz said.

He added that immunosuppressed or HIV patients may be susceptible to complications and "if not treated in time, it can cause death."

However, he recalled that this is a self-limited disease that resolves itself after two or three weeks "with symptomatic treatment."

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Two monkeypox community cases confirmed

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Posted 28/08/2022

The Minister of Health, Luis Francisco Sucre, confirmed  Sunday that there are two community cases of monkeypox in Panama, out of a total of eight that have been detected to date reports TVN.

Sucre said that work is being done on the acquisition of 1,000 vaccines so that the population most exposed to this type of disease can have access.

The eighth case that is community, also deals is a male patient.

So far, of the confirmed cases, six remain under surveillance and two are inactive.

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Expat becomes 10th monkeypox case in Panama

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Posted 30/08/2022

A 29-year-old foreigner residing in Panama has become the 10th case of monkeypox reports the Ministry of Health (Minsa).

According to Minsa, the source of the contagion case is related to one already detected in Panama and with which he had close contact on August 14.

Later, the patient presented with symptoms, including fever, malaise, and joint pain. On August 28, vesicular lesions appeared on his skin, so he went to the Parque Lefevre Polycenter a day later. Samples were taken and sent to the Gorgas Commemorative Institute for Health Studies, resulting positive for monkeypox.

The patient is, in home isolation, Minsa said.

Last weekend, the head of Health, Luis Francisco Sucre, reported that there was already community transmission of monkeypox in the country. Sucre reiterated that the acquisition of at least a thousand vaccines is being managed to protect the highest-risk population that wants to be vaccinated. Those who have close contact with a positive case will also be immunized, he detailed.

The transmission of monkeypox, from person to person, can occur through skin lesions, from one infected person to another, respiratory and body fluids; and also through infected clothing or any surface that has had contact with the lesions.

On May 24, Panama declared a health alert throughout the country and epidemiological surveillance was redoubled in all health regions and entry points into the national territory.

Worldwide, data reported by the World Health Organization (WHO) indicate that the majority of cases are men. 93% of cases are between 25 and 45 years of age, one of the main routes of transmission being contact during sexual intercourse.

On July 23, the  WHO declared the monkeypox outbreak a public health emergency of international concern.

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Health Ministry confirms 11th case of monkeypox

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Posted 02/09/2022

The Ministry of Health (Minsa) confirmed on Friday, September 2, the 11th case of monkeypox, upon detecting the virus in a 34-year-old foreign man.

According to the Minsa Epidemiology Directorate, the traceability applied to the person showed that the last close contact of this patient was on August 21 with a foreign person.

According to the report of the Health authorities, the patient began with symptoms on August 27, presenting papular and vesicular lesions in various areas of his body.

Samples of the lesions were sent for to the Gorgas Memorial Institute, which confirmed the case of monkeypox.

The Minsa recalled that the transmission of monkeypox is spread from person to person; It can be produced by skin lesions, from one infected person to another, respiratory and body fluids and also through infected clothing or any surface that has had contact with the lesions.

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Health Ministry confirms 12th case of monkeypox

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Posted 05/09/2022

The Ministry of Health (Minsa) confirmed on Monday, September 5  the twelfth case of monkeypox in Panama. The infected person presented fever, chills, headache, muscle pain, swollen lymph nodes in the neck, and vesicle-like lesions in various parts of his body On September 2, he went to the Rómulo Roux health center in Pueblo Nuevo in search of medical attention. Samples were taken and sent to the Gorgas Memorial Institute, resulting in monkeypox detection.

All relevant epidemiological surveillance was immediately activated and the traceability and rapid response teams began their work to detect more affected people.

On May 24, a health alert was declared in the country, and “epidemiological surveillance has been redoubled in all health regions and all entry points into the national territory”  there are more than 50,000, cases.

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Panama registers 13th case of monkeypox

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Posted 19/09/2022

On Monday, September  19  health authorities confirmed the 13th case of monkeypox in Panama. The Department of Epidemiology of the Ministry of Health (Minsa) reports it is a 35-year-old Panamanian male patient, who reports close contact with people of Panamanian nationality, so it is another case of community contagion.

The man reported that on September 8 is when symptoms began with a skin lesion not well defined, which was treated as folliculitis.

Subsequently, symptoms such as fever, sore throat, swollen lymph nodes in the neck, and lesions in various parts of his body, such as vesicles, pustules, and scabs, appeared.

On September 17, he went to a health facility, seeking medical attention, samples were taken and sent to the Gorgas Memorial Institute for processing, resulting in monkeypox being detected.

The Ministry of Health reported that the patient is stable and meets all the requirements to quarantine at home.

On May 24, Panama declared a health alert throughout the country and epidemiological surveillance was redoubled in all health regions and all entry points into the national territory.

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Panama confirms 14th monkeypox case

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Posted 25/09/2022

Case No. 14 of monkey or monkeypox was confirmed Saturday, September 24, by the Department of Epidemiology of the Ministry of Health of Panama.

According to the report, it is a 27-year-old male patient, Panamanian, who had close contact with another citizen of the country, before showing symptoms with a not well-defined skin lesion.

Subsequently, symptoms such as fever, sore throat, swollen lymph nodes in the neck, and lesions in various parts of his body such as vesicles, pustules, and scabs appeared.

The Ministry of Health stressed that the transmission of monkeypox can be caused by skin lesions, from one infected person to another, respiratory and body fluids; and also through infected clothing or any surface that has had contact with the lesions.

On May 24, Panama declared a health alert throughout the country and epidemiological surveillance was redoubled in all health regions and all entry points into the national territory.

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Two new cases of monkeypox

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Posted 30/09/2022

The Ministry of Health (Minsa) confirmed on Friday, September 30, two new cases of monkeypox, r bringing the total of identified cases to 16. According to the Minsa, the first is a 45-year -old Panamanian and the second case corresponds to a 34-year-old man, resident in West Panama. As the Epidemiology report highlights, immediately upon detecting the cases, all relevant epidemiological surveillance, the traceability team, and the rapid response team were activated, before and after the onset of symptoms.

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Panama  accumulates 21 cases of monkeypox

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Posted 09/11/2022

the Gorgas Institute for Health Studies has confirmed 21  cases of monkeypox in men between the ages of 25 and 29 since the infection was first identified in Panama in July reports the Ministry of Health (Minsa).

Of these cases, 16 have been managed on an outpatient basis and five have had to be hospitalized for another type of chronic disease.

The head of the Department of Epidemiology of the Minsa, Lourdes Moreno, reported that 78 people suspected of monkeypox have been investigated and that the health regions where the cases have been detected are Panama Metro, West Panama, and San Miguelito.

“We want to call attention to people who are testing positive, to please inform their contacts that they have monkeypox; with the aim that people who are close contacts have the opportunity to be treated in a timely manner and receive the monkeypox vaccine, which is already in our country”, Moreno highlighted.

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Five new cases of monkeypox in the Metropolitan region

Posted 12/11/2022

The Ministry of Health (Minsa) reported on Friday, November 12, five new cases of monkeypox bringing the total date to 26.

The new cases correspond to the male sex, between the ages of 29 to 47 years, and come from the Metropolitan Health Region. For this reason, the health team of the Metropolitan Region is carrying out field investigations in r to determine the close contacts of these cases and offering them vaccination against monkeypox to cut the chain of transmission.

Transmission of monkeypox can occur through skin lesions, respiratory and body fluids from one infected person to another; also through infected clothing or any surface that has had contact with the lesions.

since May 24, Panama has maintained a health alert due to monkeypox and epidemiological surveillance has been redoubled at all points of entry into the national territory.

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7 new cases of monkeypox bring total to 34

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15/11/2022

Seven new cases of monkeypox were reported by the Ministry of Health (Minsa) on Tuesday, November 15 raising the number of accumulated cases to 34.

According to Minsa, 17 of the cases are active in isolation, 3 are hospitalized due to their clinical condition and risk factors, and 14 are in home isolation.

The new cases are  males between the ages of 31 and 53 

Only on November 12, the Ministry of Health, through the Epidemiology department, reported 5 new cases. These cases correspond to the male sex between the ages of 29 and 47 years.

The transmission of monkeypox can be caused by skin lesions, from one infected person to another, by respiratory and body fluids; and also through infected clothing or any surface that has been in contact with the lesions.

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Panama monkeypox cases climb to 48

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Posted 23/11/2022

The Ministry of Health (Minsa)  has announced 15 new cases of monkeypox in Panama raising the accumulated total to 48 on Tuesday, November 22.

“Of the 48, 27 cases are active in compliance with isolation. Of these 27 active cases, five are hospitalized due to their clinical condition and risk factors; 22 carry out home isolation”, the report detailed.

According to the Minsa, the new cases correspond to the male sex, between the ages of 25 and 59, and come from the metropolitan health region, Panama West and San Miguelito.

Regional health teams carry out field investigations in order to determine the close contacts of the cases and offer them vaccination against monkeypox to break the chain of transmission of the virus and the spread of the disease.

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