The first Brazilian to be diagnosed with Monkeypox was discharged and left the Emílio Ribas Institute of Infectious Diseases in São Paulo on Monday morning (20) after 14 days in solitary confinement.
Anderson Ribeiro is 41 years old and is the Manager of Human Resources Products and Projects at a São Paulo company.
“I feel really good. I will follow up in the future. ”
She had her first symptoms of the disease in late May, when she returned to Brazil after a trip to Europe. Anderson and his mother traveled to Portugal and Spain.
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Anderson’s diagnosis was confirmed by the Adolfo Lutz Institute on June 9.
Brazil has now confirmed eight cases of the disease, four of them in the state of São Paulo.
Anderson takes a selfie with the team that cared for Emilio Ribas – Photo: Personal archive
“My trip was for such a beautiful reason, which is to take my mother to Europe and celebrate her birthday there. She loved it, ”he says.
Her mother is well, monitored, as well as all the people who had contact with the patient.
“It simply came to our notice then. My isolation has protected many people. This is important. ”
Anderson said all the wounds had healed.
“It took time to heal our wounds, and when we take care of ourselves and take appropriate action in the face of a contagious disease, that self-care protects others. Being isolated isn’t good, but it was necessary and it helped me get through these days. ”
Now he said he wants to see his mother, cats and friends.
“I miss my mom and my friends so much. Even if it’s just a video call every day, there’s nothing like a hug. “
Anderson also said he will return to work. “I went back to my work routine and to the projects that were at a standstill. I had a lot of time to think and realize how the hustle and bustle of everyday life makes me forget important things. Changes in the routine are sure to happen, ”he concluded.
Last week, Anderson gave an exclusive interview to G1.
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The WHO said the monkey posed a “moderate risk” to global public health after cases were reported in countries where the disease was not endemic.
“There is a high risk to public health if this virus is transmitted as a human pathogen and spreads to groups at higher risk of serious disease, such as young children and immunocompromised people,” the WHO said.
The organization says there is no recommendation to use the smallpox vaccine for monkey cases.
Microscope image shows monkeypox virus – Photo: Cynthia S. Goldsmith, Russell Regner / CDC AP
The monkey’s initial symptoms include fever, headache, muscle aches, back pain, swollen glands (lymph nodes), chills, and fatigue.
“After the incubation period [tempo entre a infecção e o início dos sintomas]the individual begins with a nonspecific appearance, with symptoms we see in other viruses: fever, malnutrition, fatigue, loss of appetite, prostration “, explained Giliane Trindad, Virologist and researcher at the Department of Microbiology of the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG).
After 1 or 3 days (sometimes longer) the fever appears, the patient develops a rash, usually starting in the face and spreading to other parts of the body.
“What a significant difference: the development of lesions – lesions in the oral cavity and skin. They begin to appear on the first face and extend to the trunk, chest, palms, soles of the feet.“, added Trindad, a consultant in the team set up by the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation to monitor cases of monkey rabies.