On Friday, May 27, Argentina reported two cases of monkeypox in men who had recently arrived from Spain. This was the first evidence of the disease in Latin America.
The Argentine Ministry of Health has confirmed that a man from the province of Buenos Aires, who was traveling to Spain, has smallpox.
Later that day, the ministry said another suspicion of infecting a Spanish resident who arrived in Argentina earlier in the week had also been confirmed.
Authorities said little about the patients, but said they were isolated and receiving treatment for their symptoms.
It will be recalled that the World Health Organization said on Friday that nearly 200 cases of monkeypox had recently been reported in more than 20 countries where there are usually no outbreaks.
Spain became the epicenter of the outbreak. The country’s health authorities reported 98 confirmed cases on Friday.
The United Kingdom reported 106 confirmed cases, while in Portugal the number of people with monkeypox increased to 74.
Cases have also been reported in the United States, Canada, Australia, Germany, France and Italy.