Peru's monkeypox cases climb to 15
LIMA. KAZINFORM Twelve new cases of monkeypox have been detected in Peru in recent days, bringing the total number to 15, Health Minister Jorge Lopez said on Monday, Xinhua reports.
The patients, between 20 and 39 years of age, reside in five districts of Metropolitan Lima, Lopez said at a press conference.
All patients are in stable condition and are at home under the guidance of health personnel, he said.
Lopez added that the Health Ministry is following up with all of the patients' close contacts.
The ministry recently issued a health alert in order to strengthen the epidemiological surveillance and investigation system for the disease, as well as to adopt necessary prevention and control measures.
The first monkeypox case in the South American country was confirmed on June 26 in a foreigner residing in Lima who had contact with people from other countries.
Denmark to offer monkeypox vaccine to vulnerable groups
COPENHAGEN. KAZINFORM - The Danish Health Authority (SST) has changed its vaccination strategy to target those most at risk of monkeypox infection, according to a press release issued by the SST on Tuesday, Xinhua reports.
«In the current outbreak, men who have sex with men and who have multiple and changing partners are at particular risk of becoming infected. That is why they are offered vaccination,» said the document.
Until now, only those who had close contact with an infected individual were offered vaccination against monkeypox in Denmark.
«In addition to our primary focus on prevention, isolation and improved access to testing, we are now changing our vaccine strategy. We want to provide better protection to those who are most vulnerable to infection,» said Helene Probst, SST's deputy director, in the press release.
According to the SST, vaccination against monkeypox will be administered in two doses of Imvanex at least 28 days apart, with the first dose expected to be administered by the end of this week.
The World Health Organization (WHO) declared monkeypox a public health emergency of international concern (PHEIC) on July 23.
Ministry of Healthcare prepares to tackle monkeypox
NUR-SULTAN. KAZINFORM Today at a press briefing in Nur-Sultan, Minister of Healthcare Azhar Giniyat informed about preparation of a monkeypox treatment protocol by Kazakhstani specialists, Kazinform reports.
We have 1,300 tests for detecting monkeypox. If the infection is suspected, we have the opportunity to examine a patient for this particular virus. We have not even registered any case of this infection. We monitor all patients who have similar symptoms. Our scientists and infectious disease specialists are preparing a clinical protocol for the treatment of this disease,» the Minister said.
Azhar Giniyat also revealed the symptoms of the monkeypox.
«The World Health Organization recommends symptomatic treatment for the monkeypox disease. Researchers and the countries registering this infection talk about a triad of symptoms: intoxication, enlarged lymph nodes and a rash. Symptomatic treatment is administered in this case. Some countries are studying an experimental antiviral drug. We are also studying it. It will be very important to us if it passes clinical trials. If the clinical trials are successful, we will include it into the monkeypox treatment protocol,» she added.
None of the monkeypox tests has been used in Kazakhstan yet, she noted.