The Uruguayan health authorities are investigating four possible monkeypox infections

Uruguayan authorities investigate four potential monkeypox cases, with individuals having a travel history to affected countries. The patients are isolated and under observation, awaiting test results. If you experience symptoms such as rash and fever, seek medical help immediately. Meanwhile, there are discussions on reinstating face mask restrictions due to the rising COVID-19 cases. Former GACH coordinator advocates for increased scientific budget.

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The Health Ministry of Uruguay (MSP) announced that it was monitoring four monkeypox cases. Those who have reported positive have a trip history to countries where the disease has previously been identified.


The MP'S Department of Health's Epidemiology department put out a tweet through social media noting that all four patients are isolated at home and stable. Their potential contacts have already been identified and are also being observed.

Authorities have sent the samples for testing, and the results are expected in the next few days. Only then will it be possible to determine whether it is monkeypox or not.

The MSP advised that if you or someone in your family has a skin rash with fever or a feverish sensation, seek medical help as soon as possible. Individuals who have been on a holiday abroad in the last 21 days must be very cautious.


It takes 5 to 21 days for the symptoms to show and last for two and three weeks. “Headache, warm throat, swollen lymph nodes, and arthritis” are some of the symptoms. The “skin rash (macules, papules, vesicles, pustules, crusts)” appears between days 1 and 3 after the start of fever. The scabs can take anywhere from three to four weeks to go away.

Meanwhile, in light of the growth of COVID-19 infections in the country, former coordinator of the Honorary Scientific Advisory Group (GACH) Rafael Radi suggested reconsidering the use of face masks in crowded areas.

Radi had a meeting with President Luis Lacalle Pou, with whom he discussed the issue of sanitary restrictions on face coverings in crowded places being reinstated.

To go through the Parliamentary debate, the former GACH boss visited Lacalle at the presidential residence to offer him a proposal to increase the scientific budget. Radi explained no amount had been discussed since that would be up to the head of state to decide.

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