Yucatan ranks fifth nationally in cases of smallpox

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Currently, Yucatan is in fifth place nationally in incidence of mpox (monkeypox), having been overtaken by Jalisco and the State of Mexico, revealed the General Directorate of Epidemiology of the Federal Health Secretariat.

In spite of this, the State remains in third place nationally in incidence rate per 100,000 inhabitants, surpassing the other states by more than two percentage points.
He informed that in the last 14 days, a total of 19 probable and nine confirmed cases of mpox have been identified in the country, of which none of them are from Yucatan.
The document detailed that, since the registration of the first case in May 2022, and up to the 3rd of this month, 6,687 people were identified who meet the operational definition of probable cases; of these, 3,956 were confirmed, 295 are under study, 2,436 were ruled out by laboratory tests and five deaths were registered.
The Institute for Epidemiological Diagnosis and Reference (InDRE) reported that the pathology is present in all 32 states, and lasts an average of 21 days.
The highest incidence was registered in Mexico City, with 2,36 thousand contagions; followed by Jalisco, with 403 confirmed cases; the State of Mexico, with 363 infected; Quintana Roo, with 241 positive cases; and Yucatan, with 169 cases.
At the other end of the table is Durango, with three; five each in Sonora and Zacatecas; six each in Baja California Sur and Colima; eight in Michoacán; and 10 in Nayarit.
As for the distribution by sex assigned at birth, the predominance is in men, with 97 percent; the 30 to 34 age group is the most prevalent, with an incidence rate of 10.12 per 100,000 inhabitants; that is, 1,30 out of the 3,956 confirmed cases.
Regarding the gender of the confirmed cases that provide information, 95.7 percent are male and 3.31 percent are female, as well as 0.22 percent are non-binary; 0.14 percent are bi-gender; 0.22 percent are transgender; and 0.41 percent correspond to another group.
The most common symptoms reported are rash in 100 percent of cases, followed by fever in 72.1 percent, and headaches, 62.9 percent.
Likewise, those living with HIV, syphilis and diabetes mellitus, among other diseases, are more vulnerable to the disease.
As of last Monday 3, 23 deaths were identified (22 men and one woman); of which, five are directly related to mpox infection; and 18 are being analyzed by a group of experts in infectious diseases and epidemiology to define if there is a causal association.
In other words, 22 men and one woman presented lesions compatible with mpox during medical care, which were confirmed after laboratory tests.

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