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Smallpox of monkeys, the first case in Emilia Romagna

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Smallpox of monkeys, the first case in Emilia Romagna

A case of monkeypox was found in Emilia Romagna. This is the first in the Region and concerns a man, currently hospitalized at the Sant’Orsola hospital in Bologna, where he is in isolation, in good health, as confirmed by sources in the Region.

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The first case of monkeypox found in Emilia Romagna was diagnosed in “a thirty-five-year-old Chilean citizen, who presented himself yesterday afternoon at the emergency room of the Policlinico di Sant’Orsola” in Bologna, reports the Region in a statement. “The man – we read – stayed in Madrid at the beginning of May” and “in all likelihood it is there that he was infected: in fact, the news that in a place where he had been more positive cases were reported and for this reason the restaurant was subsequently closed. Before arriving in Italy, on 24 May last, he traveled to Germany “.

“During the visit – continues the Region – the patient showed to be in good health conditions, presenting a limited number of skin vesicles, some of which on the palms of the hands and soles of the feet. He was subjected to the swab provided in these cases “, in which” a sample of the liquid contained in a vesicle is analyzed. The virological test carried out by the Crrem, regional reference laboratory for microbiological emergencies at the Sant’Orsola Polyclinic, confirmed the clinical hypothesis: the patient is tested positive for Mpxv, the Monkeypox virus “. At this moment he is hospitalized in isolation in the Infectious Diseases ward of Sant’Orsola.

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CASES IN THE WORLD – As of May 25, the total number of confirmed monkeypox cases in the world exceeds 200. According to the latest data released by the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control ECDC, at that date there were 219 confirmed cases. Over 100 of these confirmed cases (118, according to the latest update which, however, has not yet recorded the latest reports) are reported by 12 EU / European Economic Area member states, including Italy. Most of these infections have been detected in young men, who self-identify as men having sex with men (MSM). “There have been no deaths. The clinical presentation is generally described as mild,” adds the ECDC.

The majority of cases, explains the EU body, have skin lesions in intimate areas, an element that “indicates that transmission probably occurred during close physical contact”. This is the first time that chains of transmission have been reported in Europe with no known epidemiological links to West or Central Africa, where this disease is endemic, recalls the ECDC. The highest number of cases in the EU is concentrated in Spain and Portugal (respectively 51 and 37 cases included in the ECDC count). Countries that report cases outside the EU / EEA include the United Kingdom (71), and then Argentina (1 suspected case), Australia (2), Canada (15), Israel (1), United States (9 ), Switzerland (2), United Arab Emirates (1 with a history of travel to West Africa) and Morocco (3 suspected cases).

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