Canary Islands raises confirmed positives of monkeypox to six

Archive photo of a health worker inactivating a virus in El Negrín. / COVER

Two new patients are detected in Gran Canaria and all evolve favorably. Health notified six other suspicious cases yesterday

The
Ministry of Health of the Government of the Canary Islands confirmed this Thursday
two new positive cases monkeypox from people living in Gran Canaria whose samples have been analyzed at the National Center for Microbiology; This assumes that there is a total of
six confirmed cases in the Canary Islands since the beginning of the declaration, three in Gran Canaria and three on the island of Tenerife. From the analyzes carried out, one of the cases considered as suspicious has been ruled out.

Likewise, Health yesterday notified the Coordinating Center for Alerts and Emergencies of the Ministry of Health
six new cases of monkeypox for study. These are five men and one woman who are progressing favorably and whose samples will be sent for study to the National Center for Microbiology.

Three of the cases have been classified as probable because they meet the clinical and epidemiological criteria, while the other three respond to suspected cases by presenting only clinical criteria.
The six new cases under study reside in Gran Canaria.

Thus, the confirmed and notified cases in the Canary Islands since the beginning of the alert and until today, all males and with favorable evolution, are as follows:
six confirmed casesthree in Gran Canaria and three in Tenerife;
six probable cases pending confirmationdetected in Gran Canaria and
four suspected cases pending confirmationiondetected in Gran Canaria, except one in Fuerteventura.

On the other hand, the Community of
Madrid detected yesterday the first case of monkeypox or monkeypox in a womanaccording to sources from the Ministry of Health.

From the department you lead
Enrique Ruiz-Escudero They specified that it is a woman who has tested positive for orthopoxvirus (the group of viruses responsible for smallpox) in the PCR test that has been carried out on her. The woman is
"directly related to the chain of transmission of relations between men".

In addition, the number of positives for monkeypox rose to
84 after adding 25 new cases in the last 24 hours, according to data from the Ministry of Health.

In addition, the Carlos III Institute, in charge of sequencing the samples, has ruled out another 73 suspicious cases. In total, the health center has carried out
157 analyzes.

The Ministry of Health announced on Wednesday that Spain participates in the c
joint purchase of vaccines and antivirals that the European Health Emergency Preparedness and Response Authority (HERA) will coordinate to try to stop the spread of infections, but it is not yet certain that vaccination will finally occur.

The director of the Center for the Coordination of Health Alerts and Emergencies (CCAES), Fernando Simón, said on Wednesday during an act in Orense that for the moment "it would not be necessary to vaccinate in Spain." «
We need to know a little better the existing information, assess it better to be able to give an exact answer. Right now what is needed is calm and a little bit of margin so that the research technicians can do their job perfectly," said Simón, almost at the same time that Minister Carolina Darias announced the purchase of vaccines.

Vaccination

The Community of Madrid, the one that registers the most cases and that has been pressing in recent days to accelerate vaccination against monkeypox, showed this Thursday its «
disagreement» with Simón, pointed out the Regional Minister of Health, Enrique Ruiz Escudero. «You have to see what other countries of the European Union are doing, such as the United Kingdom, France or Germany, which has acquired 40,000 doses of vaccines.... All of Europe and the United States are also buying this vaccine, with which I imagine that
not everyone will be wrong», he added.

Until now,
21 countries have reported 219 cases of monkeypox,
118 of them in the European Union, according to the latest report from the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), published yesterday. The United Kingdom, Spain and Portugal are the ones that register the most cases, although outside the European Union positives have also been computed in Canada, the United States, Australia, Israel and the United Arab Emirates.

Most cases have occurred in men who
have had sex with other men and most cases have lesions on the genitals or the perigenital area, indicating that transmission probably occurred through close physical contact during sexual activities, the agency details.

So far the positives have shown mild symptoms and there have been no deaths. “This is the first time transmission chains have been reported in Europe
no known epidemiological links to West or Central Africa», warns the ECDC.

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