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According to the monkeypox situation room, with data from the Directorate of Public Health Surveillance of the National Center for Epidemiology, Disease Prevention and Control (CDC-Peru) , to date, Peru has registered 583 cases of the monkeypox in 14 regions and there have already been 221 epidemiological discharges.


The Minsa details that the continuous monitoring of these patients has allowed them to complete their 21-day isolation period without any problems and any health complications.

And it is that since before the cases were reported in the country, the Minsa, through the epidemiological surveillance system, began to train health personnel and establishments, which has allowed cases to be detected on a constant basis.

Given this, the Minsa recalls that the incubation period ranges from 6 to 21 days, and once general symptoms such as fever, headache, general malaise, swollen glands appear, after three days lesions appear in the skin, and from that moment the person is more contagious and the disease can last between 3 to 4 weeks. 

In this sense, the Minsa points out that after identifying a probable case, the important thing is to cut the chain of transmission, and if the case is detected in the health center, it is easier because the patient is isolated and contagion is reduced. .

In addition, for 21 days, the Minsa monitors by telephone and is discharged when that period is completed, the lesions disappear and the person is no longer contagious. 

The Minsa comments that very few cases have been complicated worldwide, so close monitoring is important to avoid complications such as infection of the lesions. 

If there is a relative infected with monkeypox in my house, what do I do?
  • Keep the person isolated in a room, preferably with its own bathroom.
  • You and the patient must wear a mask during the care you perform and when handling their clothing or bedding.
  • Wear a mask and disposable gloves when entering the room.
  • The patient’s dirty clothes and bedding should be handled with the use of gloves, should not be shaken and should be quickly placed in a bag, avoiding mixing it with the rest of the clothes. 
  • Wash clothes with hot water and plenty of detergent. Use bleach if possible and laundry gloves.
  • Wash the infected person’s silverware and dishes with hot water and detergent.
  • Clean and disinfect all surfaces in the room or bathroom with bleach water or alcohol.