- So far, more than 35,000 cases of monkeypox have been reported in 92 countries and territories around the world.
- In Mexico, 252 people are infected and the number continues to increase daily.
- From the above, an internist and infectologist drew up a diagram with the steps to follow in case of receiving a patient with suspected monkeypox.
Around the world, the appearance of new diseases is common, but also the resurgence of others that were not common before. That is precisely what has happened with the monkeypox and in your case as a health professional you should know what to do if you identify a person with suspected this infection. At this time, the important thing is to make a correct and prompt detection.
Despite the efforts that have been undertaken, the situation has not yet been brought under control. The most recent report from the World Health Organization (WHO) indicates that infections have increased 20 percent during the last week.
So far there have been reports more than 35 thousand cases in 92 countries and territories, in addition to 12 deaths outside the African continent. Most have occurred in Europe and America in men who have sex with men, although this does not mean that they are the only people at risk. In fact, everyone is at risk.
Now, although there is already a monkeypox vaccine not yet available worldwide. In addition, the doses that have been manufactured are limited and are not available to all countries.
Current national panorama
With regard to Mexico, so far 252 confirmed cases have been registered, in addition to another 131 that are under analysis by the Institute of Epidemiological Diagnosis and Reference (InDRE).
Regarding distribution, positive cases have been reported in 20 states: Mexico City, 141 infections; Jalisco, 46; Yucatan, 15; State of Mexico, nine; Quintana Roo, nine; Baja California, four; Chiapas, four; Nuevo Leon, four; Veracruz, four; Tabasco, three; Oaxaca, two; Puebla, two; Colima, two; Baja California Sur, one; Chihuahua, one; Michoacan, one; Morelos, one; Queretaro, one; San Luis Potosí, one and Sinaloa, one.
On the other hand, as part of your work within the office, it is likely that a person with suspected monkeypox. But do you really know what you have to do to take care of the patient but also protect yourself?
The answer lies with the internist and infectologist Juan Pablo, who through social networks is known as @JpFalkot. In his case, he developed an algorithm with all the steps that must be followed if a patient with suspected this disease comes to your office.
The diagram is quite complete and contains all the steps to follow and the main symptoms reported in positive cases. In addition, it also emphasizes the importance of ruling out other diseases with similar effects such as chickenpox and syphilis.
— Juan Pablo (@JpFalkot) August 11, 2022
Other document to be consulted
Now, in addition to the above, also remember that you have at your disposal the Mexican guide for the care of cases of monkeypox. It is an official document prepared by the Ministry of Health (SSa) and which is addressed to all medical personnel.
It is made up of 50 pages and its objective is to offer sufficient tools to workers at all levels of care to carry out their daily work. In addition to that it was made after a careful evaluation of the available scientific evidence.
First Mexican guide for the management of patients with monkeypox
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