First monkeypox patient in Los Cabos was infected in the U.S.

The patient is a 24 year old male patient, resident of Los Cabos, who mentions as background a trip to the United States, and also refers to contact with a confirmed case of monkeypox.

First monkeypox patient in Los Cabos was infected in the U.S.
Contagious monkeypox infection in Los Cabos was contracted in the U.S. Image: Ministry of Health

Ana Luisa Guluarte Castro, Director of Health Services in Baja California Sur, announced that pertinent actions are already being taken to prevent more cases of simian smallpox, after a 24 year old man contracted the virus during a visit to the United States.

Last Friday, the first case of smallpox was reported in Baja California Sur, specifically in Los Cabos, a fact that alerted all health authorities in the 5 municipalities.

"The patient is a 24 year old male patient, resident of the municipality of Los Cabos and mentions as an important antecedent the most recent trip to the United States, and also refers to contact with a confirmed case of monkeypox".

She emphasizes that the patient is in stable health and is being managed on an outpatient basis, and that a series of measures have already been taken to control and monitor the case, as well as medical care and home isolation, among other preventive measures.

"Contact study, prevention actions for home health, in addition to the strengthening and epidemiological surveillance with active search for cases in health units and the implementation of a daily negative network of probable cases of smallpox in the 4 health jurisdictions, according to the indications issued by the General Directorate of Epidemiology".

Authorities indicate that they will be attentive to any other case that could be registered in the southern area of the state or in any other municipality, therefore they will redouble their efforts in sanitary matters.