Bolivia’s health ministry said on Thursday that two new cases of monkeypox had been detected, bringing the total number of cases to three and prompting authorities to redouble efforts to control the spread of the virus.
“As of Wednesday night, two new cases of monkeypox were confirmed, so there are three confirmed cases so far,” said Maria Renee Castro, deputy minister of promotion, epidemiological surveillance and traditional medicine.
The country’s first case of monkeypox, involving a 38-year-old patient, was confirmed Monday in Santa Cruz. The patient is being treated by specialist doctors and is in a stable condition.
The new cases include a 26-year-old Brazilian and a 43-year-old Bolivian who recently traveled to Brazil.
Authorities are testing people the patients came into contact with, Castro said, adding that Bolivia has the capacity to adequately diagnose and control the disease to prevent its spread.
After the first suspected cases were reported in late May, the government took steps to monitor and control monkeypox and obtain the reagents needed to detect it, Castro said.
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