MEXICO: Well being officers in Mexico confirmed Saturday the nation’s first recognized case of monkeypox, in a 50-year-old US resident being handled in Mexico Metropolis. The person, a everlasting resident of New York Metropolis, “was in all probability contaminated within the Netherlands,” Hugo Lopez-Gatell, an undersecretary of well being, stated on Twitter. “Fortuitously, he’s steady and in preventive isolation,” Lopez-Gatell stated. “We hope he’ll get better with out problems.” He supplied no info on the affected person’s potential contacts with different individuals. On Friday, well being authorities in Argentina confirmed the primary two recognized instances of the illness anyplace in Latin America — these of a 40-year-old man who had returned to Argentina from Spain, and of a Spaniard who was visiting Buenos Aires. The 2 instances apparently had been unconnected. The monkeypox virus may be transmitted to people by contaminated animals. Particular person-to-person transmission is feasible however uncommon. Monkeypox is expounded to smallpox however is way much less extreme. Preliminary signs embrace a excessive fever, swollen lymph nodes and a chickenpox-like rash. There is no such thing as a particular therapy however vaccination in opposition to smallpox has been discovered to be about 85 p.c efficient in stopping monkeypox. Monkeypox was first detected within the Democratic Republic of Congo in 1970 and is taken into account endemic in round a dozen African nations. Its look in non-endemic nations has frightened consultants, though these instances reported up to now have been principally delicate and there have been no deaths. There have been no less than a half-dozen confirmed or suspected instances within the US.