COVID-19 MEASURES A GOOD DEFENCE AGAINST MONKEYPOX – HEALTH MINISTRY

0
54

 

The Ministry of Health & Wellness is advising that there are no cases of monkeypox reported in the country at this time, however, the public is being advised that the present COVID-19 measures of practicing physical distancing, mask wearing and frequent hand sanitization will also reduce the likelihood of transmission of the monkeypox virus.

Monkeypox is a rare disease that is similar to smallpox and can be transmitted by contact and droplet exposure.

However, the World Health Organisation WHO has reported that the current outbreak is spreading primarily through sexual contact.

Over the last two weeks, monkeypox outbreaks have been reported in Europe, North America and Australia. Most cases are linked to persons with recent travel to countries where monkeypox is endemic, mainly in the region of West Africa.

According to Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Jacquiline Bisasor McKenzie, persons must report to the health department if fever and rash occurs following recent international travel or close contact with persons who travelled within the preceding three weeks.

Dr. Bisasor McKenzie says healthcare workers are to have a heightened sense of awareness of this illness and report suspected cases to the health department.