Two more suspected cases of the disease are known as “monkey pox” are being investigated in Ceará, as reported this Monday (20) by Ceará Health Department (Sesa). Despite this, The suspected cases of the disease in the state reach four.
The new notifications came from residents of Fortaleza and Caucaia municipalities, in the Metropolitan Region. Other suspected cases are from the cities of Cedro and Caridade, in the interior of the state.
Also according to Sesa, the suspected case of a resident of Maracanaú, in Greater Fortaleza, was dropped after a laboratory investigation.
The secretariat states that in the four cases being investigated, all the proposed measures were used, such as isolation, communication and collection of laboratory diagnostic materials to clarify the case and differentiate between other diseases that are being treated.
What is a monkey?
World Health Organization (WHO) explains that the disease got its name because it was first identified in colonies of monkeys was set up for research in 1958. It was only discovered in humans in 1970. Monkeys are caused by the monkey virus.
Despite being in the same family as human smallpox, the pathogen that causes monkey disease has a lower risk of complications. According to the WHO, the disease is found in Central and West Africa, where tropical forests and animals can be infected.
Occasionally, people with smallpox are diagnosed in other countries after traveling from areas where the smallpox is rampant.
What are the symptoms?
According to the WHO, symptoms persist between two and four weeks, but their own disappearance without treatment. The guideline is that people with the symptoms described below should seek medical advice and report the possibility of contact with an infected person. See symptoms:
- Severe headache, muscle and / or back pain;
- Low energy;
- inflammation of the lymph nodes;
- Skin rash or sores.
The rash usually appears one to three days after the onset of the fever. The lesions may be flat or slightly raised, filled with fresh or yellow fluid, and may freeze, dry and fall off.
According to the agency, the number of casualties per person can range from a few to thousands. The rash tends to focus face, palms and soles of the feet. They can also be accessed by mouth, genitals and eyes.