Italy has recorded three confirmed cases of monkey poxafter the first contagion was reported this Thursday in a young man from the Canary Islands, in Spain, health sources reported today.
The Infectious Disease Surveillance Service of Lazio, the region of Romeconfirmed today that the other two cases that were being studied have also tested positive and had had contact with the so-called patient zero that was confirmed this Thursday and that he had spent a few days in the Canary Islands.
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The three patients are admitted to the Lazaro Spallanzani Institute in the capital, they reported in a note.
The Minister of Health of Lazio, Alessio D’Amato, explained that he has updated the Minister of Health, Roberto Speranza, of the situation.
The general director of Spallazani, Francesco Vaia, stated that the first message that must be given is “that there is no cause for alarm” and that the “situation must be kept under control”, at a press conference after communicating the two new cases. .
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“The three people are in good health, only one has had a short-term fever and all of them have swollen lymph nodes and pain, as well as the appearance of a limited number of small localized skin pustules,” Vaya added.
The director of the center added that the patients are being treated with symptomatic therapy but added that “there are antiviral drugs available at the Institute that could be used experimentally if a specific therapy is needed.”
Vaia wanted to specify that “it cannot be defined as a sexually transmitted disease or one that affects homosexuals.” “At the moment it is identified as a very close contact disease. It is not correct to stigmatize, but you have to understand this disease well, ”he asserted.
The hospital explained that controls are being carried out on people who have had close contact with the three patients.
Initial symptoms of the disease include fever, headache, muscle aches, back pain, swollen lymph nodes, chills and exhaustion, the agency says.
A skin rash may also develop, often starting on the face and spreading to other parts of the body.