Know the monkey flower and prevent yourselfEnglish 

Know the monkey flower and prevent yourself

The disease is viral and infection can be through respiratory transmission, body fluids, close or prolonged contact.

The first case of monkey pox, known as monkey pox, has been confirmed in the federal district. This is a viral disease, the transmission of which can occur through contact with an infected animal or person.

Despite the name, it is important to note that monkeys are not reservoirs of the smallpox virus. In other words, animals are just as infected as humans, and are not responsible for the virus. Learn the necessary precautions to protect yourself from monkeypox.

Person-to-person transmission can occur through respiratory secretions, skin lesions, or direct contact with bodily fluids of an infected person. Infection also occurs through contact with recently contaminated surfaces and/or objects.

“The virus enters the body mainly through contact with injuries. Regardless of the type of injury, because all forms are potentially transmissible,” explains Fabiano dos Anios Martins, Director of Epidemiological Surveillance.

He reinforces that transmission can also occur through bodily fluids. “For example, respiratory secretion of an infected person, respiratory transmission, in this case, by droplet. It can be caused by close and prolonged contact or mucous membranes, such as the eyes, nose or mouth,” he elaborates.

Photo: Joel Rodríguez / Brasília Agency

According to the epidemiologist, the smallpox virus survives on surfaces for up to 90 hours. Therefore, people are advised to take certain precautions, such as avoiding contact with people with a positive diagnosis and washing hands.


Fabiano Martins emphasizes that the DF public health network is ready to take care of the disease and continues to monitor suspected cases. “The Ministry of Health monitors possible contacts in order to monitor the epidemiological situation,” he warns.


The main symptoms are fever and a rash, but people may also experience chills and lymphadenopathy, a swelling of small glands, especially in areas near the neck.

A person with these symptoms should go to an outpatient clinic and emergency department. “Units are ready to receive and handle all clinical and suspected cases at the initial stage. So, all services will accept people,” says Martins. The epidemiologist notes that the hospital backup will be only for those cases that are actually more severe.

According to Martins, the monkeys’ incubation period ranges from six to 13 days. “That’s how long it takes for the first symptoms to appear.” He notes that the symptoms of the virus can last two to four weeks.



The suspect should be isolated with good natural ventilation. It is recommended that common areas such as the bathroom and kitchen have open windows. If you are going around the house with other residents, you should wear an appropriate surgical mask and cover your mouth and nose.

It is important that the patient wash his hands several times a day, preferably with water and liquid soap. Use disposable paper towels to dry them if possible.

Do not share food, personal items, knives, plates, glasses, towels or bedding. However, these items can be reused after cleaning with normal detergents.

in DF

Last Saturday (2) Ministry of Health confirmed Monkey infection in DF. This is a male, 30 to 39 years old, with a history of recent international travel. He is in home isolation and continues to be monitored by epidemiological surveillance teams.


The Center for Strategic Information for Health Surveillance (Cievs) is also looking into a second suspected case of the disease. This person is in home isolation and is awaiting the result of an examination that will confirm or exclude infection with the disease. The control service monitors the health status of patients every day. Both are doing well and are in isolation at home.

in Brazil

The Ministry of Health confirmed the first case of monkeypox in Brazil on June 9, 2022 in a resident of Sao Paulo.

However, the guideline is that people of any age who have had a single or multiple monkey rash on any part of the body or fever as of March 15, 2022, should be evaluated as suspected cases.


According to the Brazilian agency


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