Health studies a suspicious case in Tenerife


The Ministry of Health of the Government of the Canary Islands has detected this Friday a second possible case of infection by monkey pox who is being treated at the Nuestra Señora de Candelaria University Hospital, in Tenerife, without requiring hospital admission. The samples that will determine whether or not the diagnosis is confirmed have been sent to the National Microbiology Center in Madrid.

Monkeypox: what is it, how is it spread and what are the symptoms

Monkeypox: what is it, how is it spread and what are the symptoms

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This second case corresponds to a young man, who meets, according to the epidemiological survey carried out, the notification criteria and case profile that the Ministry of Health has registered as an alert for monkeypox infection, also known as Monkeypox. Given his favorable evolution, the patient must continue his process at home with the corresponding follow-up.

This is the second case study in the Canary Islands after being notified this Thursday of another that is being treated by the University Hospital of Gran Canaria Dr. Negrín without requiring hospital admission and for which the result of the analysis of the diagnostic test sent to the National Microbiology Center is awaited. Like this second case, the patient from Gran Canaria is progressing favorably and is following his process at home. Both cases have no epidemiological relationship.

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Monkeypox infection is a rare disease until now that causes fever, headache, swollen glands and rashes on the hands and face, similar to that caused by Chickenpox. The virus has a low capacity for human-to-human transmission and requires close, intimate contact. The incubation period ranges from 5 to 13 days, although it can sometimes be as long as 21.

This second case under investigation will be notified today to the Ministry of Health and the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), as indicated in the protocols.

On May 15, the United Kingdom launched a health alert to the WHO, in accordance with international health regulations, after detecting the first four cases in Europe. This alert has activated the protocol in all health centers of the Canary Health Service with the aim of early detection of possible cases that could be detected.



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