The Assistant Secretary of State for Health said this Friday in Porto that the monkey virus (Monkeypox) is a “risk behavior disorder” and not a “risk group”, which everyone is subject to, and that can be confirmed in Portugal “they are all stable”.
Speaking on the sidelines of the 1st Clinical Investigation Meeting, António Lacerda Sales confirmed that 14 cases of the disease identified so far in Portugal “are all stable” and have been followed.
“It is a self-limiting disease, that is, it does not yet have a specific treatment,” explained the Secretary of State, adding that surveillance was conducted “through sequencing and follow-up of these patients.”
The Secretary of State admits that very little is known about the disease and that it is a matter of study.
contact with animals
The monkeypox virus is of the genus orthopoxvirus (smallpox is best known in this genus) and the disease is transmitted through contact with animals, or close contact with infected people or contaminated materials. The disease is rare and usually does not spread easily among people.
This is the first time that this virus infection has been detected in Portugal. In 2003, dozens of cases were reported in the United States. The United Kingdom also recently reported similar cases of ulcers, wounds and confirmation of macaquex virus infection.
The Directorate General of Health (DGS) and the National Institute of Health Doctor Ricardo Jorge (INSA) continue to monitor the situation at national level and in articulation with European institutions.