There is ‘Community Transmission’ of Monkeypox in Peru Top Health official


There is community transmission of monkeypox virus in Peru, with 203 cases detected so far, said Victor Suarez, head of the National Institutes of Health.

Suarez said during an interview with a private radio station on Monday that most cases of infection are concentrated in Lima and its neighboring province of Callao.

He said the nation has set up special sites and a laboratory to identify cases, where test results are available within 24 hours.

Health Minister Jorge Lopez told the media that most of the infected are men, aged between 32 and 37 years, and all are in stable condition, Xinhua news agency reported.

He said Peru was heeding the international alert issued by the World Health Organization. More than 16,000 monkeypox cases were reported in 75 countries on Saturday and is evaluating the acquisition of vaccines against the disease.

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