La Jornada – The first suspect with monkeypox escapes from hospital in Jalisco

Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco. The Jalisco Department of Health reported its first suspected case of monkeypox on Tuesday night.

This is a 48-year-old male, of origin and lives in Dallas, Texas, United States, who has been to this port in the past few days and attended various parties and nightclubs, but has “run away”. With this, he will add a second so far this year in the country.

According to the agency, the aforementioned person was previously in Berlin, Germany, from May 12-16, and “on May 27, he arrived with his partner for tourism reasons.”

Three days later, on May 30, the traveler started with symptoms such as coughing, chills, muscle aches and pimple-like lesions on the face, neck and trunk, the statement added.

During his stay in the port, the man went to a private hospital and “because he was suspected of having this disease, he was ordered to take samples and isolate himself, which he refused and left the medical unit”; Although in fact he “escaped”, the state government indicated.

Notified of the case, the SSJ stressed, “Immediately and in a coordinated manner, on June 4, the case was pursued with personnel of the eighth state of this port, without being able to locate the affected person by any means of communication.”

He added that the couple were able to leave the country two days before their scheduled trip on June 6, which was confirmed by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which informed the National Center for International Link (CNEI) that the man arrived on US soil on June 4.

Later, on Tuesday 7 June, in Jalisco, a notification was received that the tourist had tested positive for the virus. Orthopoxviruses (non-variola), pending confirmation by the CDC.

The Mexican Health Authority warned that the person “was present at various ceremonies, some of which were held at a hotel in the port”; Therefore, “there began to strengthen epidemiological surveillance in health units, search for contacts of risks and recommendations for the population.

For this reason, and because the identity of the traveler’s communications is unknown, the SSJ concluded that “a call was made to residents who attended parties at the Mantamar Beach Club between May 27 and June 4, 2022 to monitor your health” in case of symptoms such as blister-like lesions on the face, neck and trunk Cough, muscle aches and chills.

The state agency has recommended citizens with symptoms to seek immediate medical attention, which the Regional Public Health Laboratory adjacent to the Roberto Mendiola Orta Health Center has made available, located at 200 Riviera del Rio Street, Zona Romantica, El Remence, in Puerto Vallarta, from 9: 00 AM to 2:00 PM

Nationally, on May 28, the first imported case of monkeypox was reported in a 50-year-old man, a permanent resident of New York, who may have been infected in the Netherlands and treated in Mexico City to “develop stable and protective isolation,” according to health authorities. in Jalisco.

Meanwhile, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced that monkeypox cases, linked to the current outbreak in non-endemic countries, currently record 780, of which 88 percent have been diagnosed in Europe.

To date, cases have been confirmed in 27 countries outside the endemic areas of Central and West Africa; The UK is the 207th most infected country; It is followed by Spain with 156; Portugal with 138; Canada with 58 and Germany with 57.

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