The São Paulo state health secretary on Wednesday confirmed that a 41-year-old man who has recently visited Spain and Portugal is the first known and confirmed case of monkeypox in Brazil. The patient is already isolated in the state capital’s Emilio Ribas Institute.
According to the secretary, the samples collected are still “under analysis,” though the patient showed “all the common symptoms, such as fever and muscle pain.” The health authority is also investigating another suspected monkeypox case in São Paulo — the patient is a 26-year-old woman who has not traveled abroad recently, but is presenting mild symptoms.
As of June 5, the World Health Organization (WHO) has registered at least 780 confirmed cases of monkeypox worldwide, with no deaths reported. This data, however, is only related to nations where the disease is still not declared endemic.