The Ministry of Health of the Government of the Canary Islands has reached ten confirmed cases of monkeypox, with 4 more positives, 2 negatives and has notified 3 under study for possible diagnosis of monkeypox.
In total, since the beginning of the declaration of the health alert, a total of 10 confirmed cases in the Canary Islands, 6 in Gran Canaria and 4 in Tenerife.
Therefore, monkeypox in the Canary Islands is in the following situation: 10 confirmed cases, six in Gran Canaria and four in Tenerife, three probable cases pending confirmation detected in Gran Canaria, six suspected cases pending confirmation, which have been detected in Gran Canaria, except one in Fuerteventura, five cases discarded, of which four are residents in Gran Canaria, and one corresponds to a tourist on vacation in Fuerteventura.
The protocol of the Ministry of Health classifies cases between probable and suspected depending on whether the patient meets clinical criteria and epidemiological criteria (probable cases) or if they only present clinical criteria and in that case they are considered a suspected case. Symptoms described usually include fever, headache, muscle aches, lymphadenopathy, and fatigue.
Signs occur 1-5 days after the onset of fever, a rash develops, often starting on the face and then spreading to other parts of the body, although it tends to be more concentrated on the face and hands. extremities than in the trunk. Symptoms usually last between 2 to 4 weeks.