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Chile surpasses 90 cases of monkeypox


Chile surpasses 90 cases of monkeypox

Santiago de Chile, Aug 6 (Prensa Latina) Chile's Health Ministry confirmed there are 91 cases of monkeypox in the country, most of them in the capital, according to press reports.

Meganoticias news websitge reported most of the cases are in the Metropolitan Region, since 90.2 percent of the patients are concentrated in the area.

Since June 17, when the first case appeared, 91 positive cases have been confirmed, 25 people have been discharged after recovering from the disease and 83 patients have been ruled out as having the disease.

In addition to Santiago de Chile, the remaining patients live in La Araucania, Valparaiso, Antofagasta and O’Higgins.

Meanwhile, health authorities indicated that 20 percent of the cases got infected abroad; 16 percent contracted the disease as a result of a link with another confirmed case; while 64 percent are under epidemiological investigation to determine the place of exposure.

Monkeypox, or apepox, was first detected in the Democratic Republic of Congo in 1970, but a new outbreak appeared in Spain, Portugal, the United States and Canada in early May 2022. mh/abo/mem/yas

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