Costa Rica reports first deceased patient diagnosed with Mpox


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The Ministry of Health, through the Directorate of Health Surveillance, reported during the eighth epidemiological week of 2023, which runs from February 19 to 25, 2023, the death of a person infected with smallpox, a Costa Rican, 30-year-old male.

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The patient was hospitalized at a medical center and had a history of several underlying illnesses, among which he received a diagnosis of Mpox 19 days prior to death, and the hospital autopsy is awaiting the health center.

It is important to note that in the first weeks of the year there was a declining trend in confirmed cases, peaking in the sixth epidemic week, which reported 16 confirmed cases.

Monkeypox virus is transmitted through close and continuous skin-to-skin contact. Currently, the main route of transmission is close skin-to-skin physical contact that occurs during sexual intercourse. Other modes of transmission are: Through respiratory secretions in face-to-face conversations and contact with contaminated material from a sick person, the virus can also be transmitted to a fetus or neonate through childbirth or early physical contact.

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The symptoms most commonly associated with monkeypox are skin lesions that look like blisters or blisters, can be painful or itchy, and appear anywhere on the body, but more often on the genitals, around the anus, face, hands, and feet. . In addition, fever, chills, swollen glands, fatigue, muscle and back pain, and headache may occur, as well as respiratory symptoms (eg, sore throat, nasal congestion, or cough).

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