Monkeypox case recovers and is sent home

The Ministry of Public Health reported that the Dominican Republic’s first and only registered case of monkeypox, a 25-year old man, was sent home from the San Isidro teaching hospital after recovering. The patient had been admitted on 28 June 2022 to the Ramón de Lara Military Teaching Hospital. He was under the supervision of a team led by infectologist José Ureña Vázquez.

Public Health Minister Daniel Rivera said the young man had been infected in the United States before arriving to the Dominican Republic and today is in perfect health with no skin lesions. Dr. Rivera says no relatives or persons in close contact with the man were infected.

The patient visited the hospital after relatives in the US notified he could have caught the disease when in the United States.

Confirmation of the disease was made by PCR testing at the Doctor Defilló National Laboratory, the only laboratory authorized to perform this test.

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Diario Libre

18 July 2022