No confirmed cases of Monkeypox in The Bahamas

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The Ministry of Health & Wellness wishes to assure the public that there are no confirmed cases of Monkeypox in country. At present the National Disease Surveillance Unit is monitoring an individual who arrived in The Bahamas last weekend with a travel history of locations where outbreaks have occurred. That individual has been placed in isolation and samples have been obtained for processing. The male who is in his mid thirties has had significant resolution of his signs and symptoms. His only known contact is his wife, who is not showing any signs of Monkeypox.

The Ministry has issued an Epo Alert which has been sent to physicians across the country to continue surveillance for any persons who may present with signs and symptoms of Monkeypox. Symptoms of Monkeypox include skin rash, fever, headache, backache, swollen lymph nodes, chills, and exhaustion. Symptoms can last for two to four weeks. The death rate associated with the disease is low ranging between three to six per cent of persons infected.

Any person who feels that he/she has these symptoms are asked to practice health and safety protocols (physical distancing, wearing of face masks and hand sanitization) and contact their primary care physician or nearest public health clinic for evaluation at the earliest opportunity. To date, the WHO has confirmed that nearly 200 cases of Monkeypox has been reported in more than 20 countries worldwide. The disease is being described as “containable” by the World Health Organization.

From: Bahamas Information Services