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Mexico health authorities confirm second Monkeypox case

Mexico City, Mexico — Health authorities in Mexico City have confirmed the country’s second known case of Monkeypox. Over the weekend, the Institute of Epidemiological Diagnosis and Reference (InDRE) confirmed the second case, which was reported to be a U.S. tourist.

The undersecretary of Health Promotion and Prevention, Hugo López-Gatell, made the announcement Saturday night. Through social media, the official explained that the patient is being treated in Mexico City and that he is stable.

“He receives medical attention and isolation and control measures have been established,” López-Gatell reported.

On May 28, López-Gatell confirmed the first case of monkeypox in the country. At that time, the undersecretary reported the first case was a 50-year-old New York man who was believed infected in the Netherlands.

“The efficiency of contagion is low, so there are usually isolated cases or small outbreaks, not generalized epidemics,” López-Gatell explained.

According to the WHO, as of June 8, there were 1,285 laboratory confirmed cases, of which 87 percent are from the European Region. That number is up 505 laboratory confirmed cases since the previous Disease Outbreak News on 4 June 2022, when 780 cases were reported.