Puerto Rican authorities remain on alert after cases of monkeypox in several countries

Monkeypox is a viral zoonotic disease.

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Puerto Rican authorities remain on alert following the development of monkeypox cases reported in various countries, including one confirmed in the United States and several others with suspicion.

The head of Puerto Rico’s Health, Carlos Mellado, explained that the United States Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that “at this time the risk of infection is low,” however, they are vigilant. .

“We are attentive to the development of monkeypox reported in various countries around the world, including a confirmed case in the United States. It can be transmitted from animals to humans or between humans. There are no reported cases on the Island,” Medallo pointed out on his Twitter account.

He also urged people who have symptoms of monkeypox to contact their health care provider to receive appropriate treatment in a timely manner before the disease spreads throughout the country.

Mellado explained that the transmission of the virus in person-to-person cases occurs through large respiratory droplets and through direct contact with body fluids or injured material such as rashes or skin lesions.

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