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Cuba remains alert for accute hepatitis in children and monkeypox

Cuba, alerta, hepatitis, infantil, viruela del mono

Cuba remains alert for accute hepatitis in children and monkeypox

Havana, May 23 (Prensa Latina) Cuba has not reported any case of acute hepatitis in children of unknown origin or monkeypox yet, but it remains alert in light of these diseases and is working on a treatment protocol for both.
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It was confirmed by the national director of Epidemiology at the Ministry of Public Health (MINSAP), Dr. Francisco Duran, who noted that there are medical surveillance teams at all institutions to detect an outbreak of those diseases.

He said that cases of other types of hepatitis have been reported in the country, but none with the characteristics of this new condition. Regarding monkeypox, Dr. Duran said that it used to be an endemic disease in West and Central Africa, but it has broken out in several countries, mainly in Europe, the United States, Canada and Australia.

It is a zoonosis, that is, a disease that is mainly transmitted from animals to humans, but it can be transmitted from a patient to another, and there are even cases of sexual transmission.

To date, there are no specific treatments or vaccines against this disease, but breakouts can be controlled.

Dr. Duran stressed that although no cases have been detected in Cuba, people coming from African countries and nations where positive cases have been reported are under epidemiological surveillance.

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