Brazil gov’t forms committee to monitor monkeypox cases

No cases of the disease have been reported in the country so far

Published in 23/05/2022 - 10:55 By Agência Brasil - Brasília

Brazil’s Ministry of Science, Technology, and Innovation (MCTI in the original Portuguese acronym) has created the Temporary Technical Chamber of Research—or CâmaraPox MCTI—as an advisory body to monitor scientific developments on the monkeypox virus.

The scientific surveillance measure was made necessary following cases of infection in the United Kingdom, Portugal, Spain, and the US in May 2022. No official records of monkeypox have been reported in Brazil, the ministry declared.

The measure was modeled like the RedeVírus MCTI, a committee of experts assembled in February 2020, even before the World Health Organization (WHO) declared coronavirus a pandemic. It provides technical and scientific advice to the ministry on strategies and special needs in science, technology, and innovation.

As it stands today, seven Brazilian specialists from the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG) and Feevale University are part of the group. The scientists have written two technical reports on the disease, covering the main forms of infection as well as the data available about the cases observed in other countries.

Translation: Fabrício Ferreira -  Edition: Lílian Beraldo

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