“During the epidemiological siege, the first suspected cases of smallpox were found at the Simón Bolívar International Airport, in Maiquetía (24 km away from Caracas),” the statement said.
“The patient, who entered the country from Madrid, Spain, was in contact with two infected people in the city of Barcelona, in a European country. It produced good results, with a stable state of health, ”he added.
The Ministry of Health did not provide details about the infected person.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has recorded more than 1,000 cases of monkeypox in thirty countries where the disease is free, with major outbreaks in the United Kingdom, Spain and Portugal.
The first symptoms of the infection are fever, headache, muscle aches and chills, which develop into skin ulcers between the first and third day.
This viral disease, which is transmitted through contact with people with skin lesions, was first identified in the 1970s in the Democratic Republic of Congo and is considered rare there. in 12 African countries.
No deaths have been reported of the confirmed cases in non-endemic areas, but experts are concerned about their occurrence.