Barueri warns of attacks against monkeys - Correio Paulista

Barueri warns of attacks against monkeys – Correio Paulista

Due to the increase in confirmed cases of the monkeypox virus (popularly called monkeypox) around the world, there has been a wave of misguided attacks against monkeys. This is because some people associate the transmission of the virus to the animal.

The coordinator of Health Surveillance of the Municipal Health Department of Barueri, Rosana Perri Andrade Ambrogini, clarifies that despite receiving this name, “the current outbreak does not have the participation of monkeys in the transmission to humans. The transmissions took place between people,” she emphasizes.

In Brazil, cases of stoning, poisoning and persecution of these animals have already been reported. In Barueri, fortunately, there are still no records of attacks.

If you find any of these injured animals, contact the Environmental Guard (Division of the Department of Urban Security and Social Defense) by calling (11) 4198-3205 or 4199-1400. This animal will be sent to the Wild Animal Screening Center (Cetas), which provides follow-up until the species is able to return to nature.

“Activate the environmental police only if the animal is injured, otherwise let the animal go free. To prevent the animals from approaching, it is important to remove a source of food and water”, explains the secretary of Natural Resources and the Environment of Barueri (Sema), Marco Antônio de Oliveira (Bidu).

It is worth remembering that attacking or killing the monkeys is considered an environmental crime and provides for a penalty that can range from six months to one year in prison, in addition to a fine.

Name origin

The WHO (World Health Organization) gives new names to the variants of the viruses to avoid mistreatment of animals, in addition to combating stigma against infected people. Now the most lethal “version” of the virus, which comes from Central Africa, will be clade one, while the variant circulating in Brazil, which comes from West Africa, will be clade two.

The origin of the name of the disease (monkey smallpox) was due to the initial discovery of the virus in monkeys, in 1958, by a Danish laboratory. But these animals are not identified as the cause of the disease, rodents from the forest region of South Africa are suspected as the main reservoirs of the virus.

Health clarifies

So far, Barueri has confirmed nine cases and 27 suspects of monkeypox. To contain the virus, the Health Surveillance Coordination also clarifies some points about its transmissibility and how to prevent it.

What is monkeypox?

It is a disease caused by the monkeypox virus, which belongs to the orthopoxvirus genus and the Poxviridae family. This virus is in the same family as human smallpox.

how is it transmitted

Transmission occurs with the exchange of body fluids, either by close and intimate contact with the infected person and with a skin lesion. This contact can be through hugging, kissing, sexual intercourse and respiratory secretions. Transmission also occurs through objects, fabrics (clothes, towels, bedding) and contaminated surfaces.

how to prevent

Among the prevention measures, it is recommended to wear a mask, avoid intimate or sexual contact with people suspected of being contaminated or with skin lesions, as well as not sharing bedding, towels, personal objects. Hygienizing your hands with soap and water or 70° alcohol often is also important.

Symptoms include fever, muscle aches, tiredness, headache, weakness, back pain and enlarged lymph nodes (swells). From one to three days after the onset of fever, lesions resembling pimples or blisters appear, which can appear on the face, inside the mouth and on other parts of the body, such as hands, feet and in the intimate region.

If symptoms appear, seek medical attention immediately. The person who has had contact with someone infected or suspected must be monitored for 21 days.

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