Health confirms 26 cases of monkeypox in the Canary Islands

The Ministry of Health of the Government of the Canary Islands continues to register a trickle of cases of monkeypox on the islands, with a new confirmed case and with which there are already 26.

Health confirms 26 cases of monkeypox in the Canary Islands

The Ministry of Health of the Government of the Canary Islands continues to register a trickle of cases of monkeypox on the islands, with a new confirmed case and with which there are already 26.

Since the beginning of the declaration of the health alert, 26 cases have been confirmed, of which 20 were detected in Gran Canaria and six in Tenerife. In addition, there is a probable case, pending confirmation, reported in Gran Canaria and three suspected cases, pending confirmation, two of them detected in Gran Canaria and one in Lanzarote.

All cases are having mild symptoms and remain in home isolation, receiving follow-up by Primary Care.

80% of emerging diseases, such as Covid or monkeypox, have their origin in animals, as reported at the VI Congress of Companion Animals of the Canary Islands held this week in Maspalomas.

Eight out of ten of the diseases that people have developed in the last decade come from the animal world, pointed out the president of the Santa Cruz de Tenerife Veterinary Association, Marisa Fernández, who highlighted the importance of health professionals, and in this case of veterinarians, in their mission to prevent and cure diseases that are transferred from animals to humans.

"Veterinarians not only take care of the health of animals but also of people in an indirect way since many of the diseases that humans suffer from come from animals."

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