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Bolivia makes progress in the fight against monkeypox

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Bolivia makes progress in the fight against monkeypox

La Paz, Sep 29 (Prensa Latina) The Bolivian Health and Sports Ministry confirmed today that 100 patients have recovered from monkeypox, 92 are actively ill and, with the latest reports, the national total is 192.

Those responsible for epidemiological control stated that in the country’s governmental headquarters, seven cases were positive, while Potosi reported one.

Cochabamba reported eight cases, Santa Cruz 175 and Chuquisaca one. This disease, first detected in Africa in 1970, is characterized by skin lesions concentrated on the face, palms of the hands and soles of the feet.

Medical sources warn that there are two genetically differentiated strains of the original virus of this disease: the one from the Congo basin (Central Africa) and the one from West Africa.

According to the available scientific literature, human infections with the West African variant appear to be less severe than with the Congo Basin strain.

Bolivian authorities report that so far no patients have died from the disease, which is under control with ongoing surveillance of active and suspected cases.

Bolivia reported the first case on August 1 of this year, a 38-year-old traveler who arrived from abroad to Santa Cruz.

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