A state official said Wednesday eight cases of monkeypox have been recorded in Baja California.

The Secretary of Public Health said the state keeps an epidemiological surveillance and a protocol to address the illness.

All patients are stable and in home quarantine in order to avoid spreading monkeypox, he said.

Previously, the authorities reported a case in Mexicali, another one in Tijuana and a two in Ensenada.

The new cases are a 27-year-old Ensenada man who traveled to Guadalajara, a 37-year-old Tijuana man who traveled to Mexico City, a 36-year-old Tijuana man who had not traveled and a 37-year-old Mexicali man who resides in Indio and traveled to Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico.

“Fortunately, these cases are favorably developing,” Sec. Medina said. “Patients are stable and being helped.”

The state official clarified that in order to get monkeypox people need prolonged contact. The illness records low fatal rates, he added. The secretary called residents to remain alert in case of showing symptoms like fever, headache, fatigue and muscle pain, among others.

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