Will monkeypox become a pandemic? Health authorities of Norte de Santander respond

As if the COVID-19 pandemic were not enough to keep the world on alert due to the increase in cases that have occurred in recent weeks due to new variants, now a new concern arose: monkeypox or also called monkeypox.

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A disease that, although it occurs mainly in remote areas of central and western Africa, near tropical forests and had been eradicated in 1980, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), is already present in about 12 countries, including Argentina, in the South American region.

Although in Colombia the National Institute of Health (INS) indicated that no case has yet been confirmed and the suspicion that there was has already been ruled out, the health authorities of Norte de Santander activated their public health and epidemiological surveillance protocols, taking Keep in mind that, being in a border area, there is a high probability that the virus could reach the region at any time.

La Opinion consulted Carlos Martínez, director of the Departmental Institute of Health (IDS), who stated that all the municipalities in the region remain on alert, noting that “through port surveillance we have personnel available at border crossings, it is say between Colombia and Venezuela, by the Simón Bolívar International Bridge in Villa del Rosario and the La Unión Bridge in Puerto Santander, and we know that in Cúcuta there is also special surveillance by the International Bridge Francisco de Paula Santander”.

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The official specified that, in the same way, they remain on alert at the transportation centers and at the Camilo Daza International Airport.

“It is important that people who arrive in the city and have been in other countries immediately inform the health authorities. to monitor these cases specifically, based on an isolation process as imposed by the WHO and establish a diagnosis,” added Martínez.

The official pointed out that there is no need to generate alarm, but to reinforce health measures, since this is not a fatal disease.