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The Costa Rica Ministry of Health reported Wednesday on the first confirmed case of monkeypox. The case is a 34-year-old resident foreigner, who entered the country last week, from a trip abroad, for which he is considered a imported case.

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The patient went to a private health center on July 17 due to health problems, which is why he was admitted. On July 19, he presented lesions in the tonsils compatible with monkeypox, which is why the sample was taken. The sample was sent to the Costa Rican Institute for Research and Teaching in Nutrition and Health (INCIENSA), who confirmed the diagnosis by performing a real-time PCR test for this disease.

The person is stable and a health isolation order was issued for 21 days, according to the general guideline for Monkeypox Surveillance, and he will be followed up according to his clinical evolution. Likewise, the Ministry of Health is following up on five people who live in the same house.

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In the event that the patient does not present major complications, they can be isolated at home, complying with the prevention and control actions in the home environment.

To date, the Ministry of Health has ruled out six cases under investigation for monkeypox.

The cases correspond to two foreigners, both 21 years old, a 33-year-old foreigner, two Costa Ricans, 22 and 56 years old, who underwent a PCR test for Orthopoxvirus, giving a negative result, which means that no virus was detected. the monkeypox family. Likewise, a case of a 23-year-old foreigner was recorded who underwent the real-time PCR test for this disease, giving a negative result.