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In a hospital in Monte Sinai, in the northwest of Guayaquil, a patient who had a pre-existing disease and was infected with monkeypox died

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In Guayaquil, on Monday, August 8, the death of the first person with monkeypox occurred, but due to a pre-existing condition.

The Minister of Health, José Ruales, said that there are 10 confirmed cases so far in the country, there were 30 suspects, 20 discarded and 2 that are under study.

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Patient with monkeypox died; MSP says it was due to a pre-existing condition

Of the ten, five are in Guayaquil and the other cases are in the provinces and cities of Quito, Cuenca, La Libertad and El Oro.

Of those cases, one came from abroad, who suffered from a serious illness almost in the terminal phase and went to the hospital for that ailment, where it was detected that he was carrying monkeypox, he commented in a radio interview Francis Stereothis Tuesday, August 9.

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Ruales mentioned that the person died in the Monte Sinai hospital, in the Main Port, but preferred not to reveal the disease he suffered due to family matters and since an epidemiological fence is being made.

He recalled that the disease is transmitted by close contact, that is, from person to person basically through the content of the pustules or pimples that appear on the skin.

Some of the forms of contagion are through sexual intercourse.

WHO says monkeypox outbreak is due to very close contact between people

The official pointed out that measures have been taken by the Government, such as having sufficient diagnostic capacity that is in charge of the National Institute of Public Health Research (Inspi), training doctors and epidemiologists, training health personnel and personal protection equipment. in hospitals.

In addition to maintaining protective measures such as hand washing, use of alcohol and mask.

He clarified that there is no specific vaccine against monkeypox, which resembles the common smallpox disease.

Worldwide, he said, vaccines are being produced, but their quantity is very small and Ecuador has been registered on a list of the World Health Organization (WHO) so that when distribution is available, it can be purchased.

It is only recommended for close contacts of patients who have already been diagnosed or for health personnel, he added. (YO)

Source: Eluniverso

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