The boss of National Institute of Health (INS), Víctor Suárez pointed out that more cases of the monkey pox they will continue to appear as long as the Peruvian population does not change its risk behaviors. In this sense, the doctor reminded the population that, so far, the main route of transmission that has been detected is through skin-to-skin contact.
“Following the trends that have occurred in other countries, we believe that it will continue to grow. This to reduce it means to involve behavior changes and this does not happen in a day or two, nor in a month probably. We believe that this will continue to grow, we have to continue guiding the population”, pointed out in RPP Noticias.
Secondly, Suarez noted that it is still not clear that the monkeypox can only be contracted through sexual transmission.
“What is clear is that skin-to-skin contact, contact during sexual intercourse, now appears to be the main mode of transmission. So, what we must seek is to identify the presence of these lesions early in order to diagnose it and prevent it from infecting other people, ”she asserted.
Suarez He further added that although the male homosexual population is the main affected by this new diseasethat does not mean that it is exclusive to this social group, since anyone could get it.
“It does not mean that it is an exclusive disease of this group of the population. On the contrary, is the most affected population and it is possible that it will spread to other population groups,” he explained.
“Although the presence of the virus in semen has been identified, it is not clear how much it contributes to transmission. What is clear is that skin-to-skin contact during sex now appears to be the main mode of transmission. So what we should look for is identify early the presence of these lesions in order to diagnose them”, remarked.
The epidemiologist César Cárcamo explains that originally the virus was transmitted from animals such as rodents or primates to humans, and with some difficulty between humans, for that reason the disease never left Africa. But this new variant is a disease that is more easily transmitted between humans, especially between humans with a close relationship, who have skin-to-skin contact, without clothes. Direct contact. That is the peculiarity, he explains.
Also, like the coronavirus, it can be spread by air droplets in the breath when you cough, sneeze and are without masks.
“The epidemiology, that is, the fact that the cases are mostly men, indicates that in the respiratory tract it is not as important as skin-to-skin contact. The fact that many of these people are the ones who have sex between men, ”he indicated.
Another characteristic of this variant is that it is giving lesions on the buttock or near the anus and that facilitates transmission during sexual intercourse.
Finally, the head of the INS considered that the purchase of vaccines against monkey pox by the Peruvian government will not yet be possible because the world quantity is still very scarce.
“It is coordinating with the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), which is creating a space for agreement and negotiation between the countries of the region and the producers of the vaccine to be able to provide this vaccine (in our) region. Let us remember that this is a very scarce vaccine, ”he maintained.
Suarez remembered that if a person looks at the skin blister-like wounds with water content and if you have had multiple sexual partners in the last days, it is best to go to the health center closest to home.
If you can’t get around, then you can call the line 113, number 6 to receive all the information on this topic.