Malaga doubles its number of monkeypox virus cases in two weeks

The province continues to head the table of confirmed cases of this mild disease in Andalucía

SUSANA ZAMORA

The Junta de Andalucía has this Friday, 15 July, notified 127 cases of monkeypox virus in Malaga province, twice as many as at the beginning of July, when there were only 60 registered. In addition, it is still the Andalusian province where there are more confirmed cases: with only two in Almeria, 18 in Cadiz, 15 in Cordoba, 20 in Granada, seven in Huelva, three in Jaén, and 48 in Seville.

In total, there are 240 active cases in Andalucía, some 67 under investigation and 124 that have been discarded. All of the infected patients have declared themselves to the Andalusian Epidemiological Surveillance System Network (SVEA). Likewise, eight previously confirmed cases are now reported to have fully recovered.

What is it?

The incubation of the monkeypox virus usually lasts between 6 and 13 days, although in some cases it is up to three weeks. It is a viral infection of animal origin, which is transmitted by very close contact with fluids and mucous membranes, and has characteristics similar to chickenpox and secondary syphilis.

Symptoms manifest with fever, headache, muscle aches, back pain, swollen lymph nodes, chills and exhaustion. A rash may also appear, usually starting on the face and then spreading to other parts of the body, including the genitals. The rash changes and goes through different stages before forming a scab that eventually falls off.