Panama on health alert for possible arrival of "monkey pox"

This measure will also redouble epidemiological surveillance in hospitals and entry points in the country.

Editorial Dept. Voz de la Diaspora

Panama – Panamanian authorities declared on Wednesday a health alert throughout the country due to the possible appearance of cases of monkey pox at a time when infections with the disease are increasing, especially in European countries.

“…the health alert establishes the obligation for health personnel in public hospitals of the Minsa and the Social Security Fund, as well as private hospitals, to report any person with suspicious symptoms of the disease”, said the Minister of Health, Luis Sucre.

With this measure, epidemiological surveillance will also be redoubled in hospitals and entry points of the country before the entry of any person with symptoms of the disease., that can be prolonged 5 a 21 days, Sucre added in a statement.

Experts assure that Panama must redouble efforts to prevent the entry of infected or suspicious cases because they may be more susceptible due to their status as a "hub" when connecting with the world..

Since the World Health Organization (WHO) alerted of the first infections at the beginning of May, more than 130 cases, most concentrated in Europe.

The Ministry of Health of Panama asked the population to protect themselves from the disease that is transmitted by contact of a person with the virus of an animal, it enters the body through breaks in the skin, bites or scratches, may also be present in bushmeat preparations.

Monkeypox was first detected in humans in 1970 in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, in a child of 9 years, in a region where smallpox had been eradicated in 1968.