Mexico confirms first case of monkeypox; Argentina also has cases
Health authorities in Mexico confirmed the first case of monkeypox in the country this Saturday, 28. The patient is a 50-year-old man who lives in the United States, but would have been infected in Europe. “Today we confirmed the first imported case of monkeypox in Mexico. He is a 50-year-old man, a permanent resident of New York City, who was most likely infected in the Netherlands. He is being treated at CDMX (Mexico City),” Undersecretary of Health, Hugo López-Gatell, said on Twitter.
“Fortunately, he is stable and in preventive isolation. We hope he recovers without complications,” he wrote. López-Gatell did not specify the patient’s nationality or details about possible contacts with other people.
There are still no confirmed cases of monkeypox in Brazil, although a Brazilian was diagnosed with the disease in Germany this month. On Friday, health authorities in Argentina also confirmed the first two cases of the disease in their country. The Argentine cases were the first made official in Latin America.
The first confirmed was that of a 40-year-old man who returned from Spain to Argentina, while the second is a resident of that same European country who is visiting the province of Buenos Aires and has no connection with the previous patient. Monkeypox is an infectious disease caused by a virus transmitted to humans by infected animals. Person-to-person transmission is possible, but considered rare.
The disease was first identified in humans in 1970 in the Democratic Republic of Congo and is currently considered endemic in a dozen African countries. Its emergence in non-endemic countries is what worries specialists. So far, confirmed cases in non-endemic regions are generally benign and no deaths have been reported.