20:39 | Chimbote (Ancash region), June 2.
The head of the Regional Directorate of Health (Diresa) of the Ancash region, Norberto Yamunaque, on Thursday ruled out the detection of monkeypox cases in the region, amid an epidemic in various countries around the world.
“To date, no patient treated in a health facility in the region has shown symptoms of this disease or met the criteria to be classified as a suspected case,” he said.
However, the official pointed out that the Ministry of Health (Minsa) had issued an epidemiological alert in the face of an increase in cases worldwide.
In this regard, he affirmed that all health facilities in Ancash have been informed of the protocol to be followed if a suspected case is identified.
“Faced with any symptom, especially a skin sore that could be similar to those caused by monkeypox, healthcare personnel know the care and protocols they should follow and how to set up the corresponding notification system,” said Yamunaque points out.
Like other experts consulted on the matter, the official said the case fatality rate of this disease is low, noting that close physical contact with infected people is necessary to see an explosive transmission rate such as that of COVID. -19.
According to the head of Diresa Ancash, some of the protocols recommended to contain the pandemic are also useful in the fight against other diseases.
Therefore, he stressed the importance of implementing good hand washing habits and wearing face masks.