The authorities of Paraguay reported this Wednesday that they are investigating a first suspected case of monkeypox in a person who returned from an African country.
The head of the General Directorate of Health Surveillance, Sandra Irala, told local media that it is a woman who consulted a health professional “for skin injuries.”
The official pointed out that the patient was under investigation because she has a “travel history.”
WHO does not believe that monkeypox will become another pandemic
In any case, Irala clarified that the country from which the person arrived is not on the list of endemic places for the disease and has not reported cases in the current outbreak of monkeypox.
In this regard, the Deputy Minister of Comprehensive Health Care and Social Welfare, Hernán Martínez, told Monumental radio that the person has “injuries similar” to those of those infected with the disease.
Martínez explained that a sample was taken from the patient and sent to the country’s Central Laboratory, in order to “confirm or rule out” the suspicions.
According to the deputy minister, the person, whose identity has not been revealed, remains isolated, although he indicated that he is “stable” and does not present “any type of discomfort.”
The 34-year-old woman is a resident of Asunción and returned from Mozambique, local media reported. (YO)