Health Ministry monitoring Monkeypox outbreaks, no suspected cases in T&T

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    There are no suspected cases of the Monkeypox virus in T&T at this time.

    The Health Ministry however is seeking to be vigilant, following the detection of cases in several countries around the world.

    According to a report by Al Jazeera, France, Germany, Belgium and Australia confirmed their first cases of this virus on Friday.

    It adds that in the past week, the UK, Spain, Portugal, Italy, US, Sweden and Canada all reported infections, mostly in young men who had not previously traveled to Africa.

    Today, Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh convened a meeting that included Chief Medical Officer Dr. Roshan Parasram, Principal Medical Officer Dr. Maryam Abdool-Richards, Epidemiologist Dr. Avery Hinds, Manager Expanded Programme on Immunization Nurse Grace Sookchand, and PAHO/WHO Country Representative Dr. Erica Wheeler.

    The Monkeypox virus is transmitted to humans through close contact with an infected person or animal, or with contaminated material such as bedding.

    It may also be transmitted from one person to another by close contact with lesions, body fluids and respiratory droplets.

    The main symptoms of are fever, rash, and swollen lymph nodes.

    The public is advised that if they or anyone close to them have a recent travel history from any country where cases have been detected and are symptomatic (as described above), they should visit their nearest health care provider.

    Additional Info from the WHO: Monkeypox