The Ministry of Health reported on Friday that suspected cases of monkeypox in Bolivia were ruled out after knowing the results of the analyzes that came out harmful to the disease.
Health Minister Jeyson Auza said the two suspected cases of monkeypox in the country were ruled out after having the results of tests conducted by the National Institute of Health Laboratories (Inlasa).
The analyses were carried out in scientific collaboration with the Charité University Clinic in Berlin, which made these diagnoses possible in Bolivia, according to a statement from the Ministry of Health.
Bolivia on suspicion of monkeypox
“Bolivia is able to diagnose monkeypox in real time. We will continue to detect suspected cases,” Auza said.
The minister said they were waiting for the results of the laboratories that were sent to Argentina to confirm or rule out this disease. But now, these studies can be done in the country.
In May, two suspected cases of monkeypox were reported in the eastern Santa Cruz region of eastern Bolivia, and both men were preemptively isolated.
The government is on epidemiological alert
The Bolivian government declared an epidemiological alert in May and presented a protocol so that all departmental health services could use it.
And thus standardize the form of care for any suspected case of this disease that affects neighboring countries such as Argentina.
The symptoms of monkeypox are similar to those of the eradicated smallpox but somewhat milder. These include fever, headache, muscle and back pain, chills, and exhaustion. And often, there is swelling of the nodes and a rash.
Monkeypox is a disease that is not new; already known, and you already know what should be done and identify the symptoms. In addition, it does not have a high case fatality rate, according to information from the health authorities.