The Ministry of Health was notified of the eighth case registered in Brazil of the monkeypox virus , known as monkeypox. The patient is a 25-year-old man, resident of Maricá, in the metropolitan region of Rio de Janeiro. He did not travel abroad, but he had contact with foreigners.


The case was confirmed by the Enterovirus Laboratory of the Oswaldo Cruz Institute, in Rio, which used the Viral Isolation method to make the diagnosis.

According to information from the Ministry of Health, the patient is in a stable clinical condition, without complications and is monitored by the National Institute of Infectious Diseases and by the State and Municipal Health Departments.

“All containment and control measures were taken immediately after the communication that it was a suspected case of monkeypox , with the isolation of the patient and tracing of his contacts”, informed the Ministry of Health, which notified the World Health Organization. (WHO) on the case.

There have been eight confirmed cases in the country so far, four were in São Paulo, two in Rio Grande do Sul and two in Rio de Janeiro. There are still six cases under investigation.

The seventh case was confirmed on Friday (17), in Rio de Grande do Sul. The five people who had contact with the man diagnosed with monkeypox in Rio de Janeiro had not shown symptoms until Saturday.

Monkeypox was considered endemic in Central and West African countries, but in recent months there have been reports of the disease in several other non-endemic countries, especially in Europe, which already accounts for 84% of reported cases, according to the WHO.