Latin America: Situation and preparedness facing the multi-country human monkeypox outbreak

By June 28, 2022, at least 48 cases in seven Latin American countries (Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Peru, and Venezuela) have been PCR-confirmed, with at least 16 additional suspected cases. Most countries in the region have settled their epidemiological surveillance to detect probable and suspected cases according to national and international case definitions (by the World Health Organization). In addition, the Pan-American Health Organization has issued an epidemiological alert (, with a series of considerations addressing the identification of cases, isolation, follow-up, contact tracing, clinical management, prevention and control. Nevertheless, multiple concerns have been raised, mainly from the healthcare sector, regarding currently available treatments and vaccination. 

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