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Trinidad officials taking precautions regarding Monkeypox virus


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Trinidad officials taking precautions regarding Monkeypox virus
Symptoms include fever, headache, muscle aches, backache, swollen lymph nodes, chills and exhaustion. (Science Photo Library via BBC)

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Port Of Spain – Health authorities Friday urged people who have travelled to countries where the Monkeypox virus has been detected and “are symptomatic” to visit their nearest health provider.

Cases of Monkeypox are being investigated in several European countries as well as the United States, Canada and Australia. Cases have also been reported in Belgium, France, and Germany.

Monkeypox is most common in remote parts of Central and West Africa.

In a statement, the ministry of health said while no “suspected” case has been detected here, minister of health Terrence Deyalsingh convened a meeting attended by the Chief Medical officer, Dr Roshan Parasram as well as Dr Erica Wheeler, the Pan American Health Organisation/World Health Organisation (PAHO/WHO) representative “to address reports of the detection of this virus” in countries overseas.

“The public is advised that the main symptoms of Moneypox are fever, rash and swollen nymph nodes. The virus is transmitted to humans through close contact with an infected person or animal or with contaminated material such as bedding,” the ministry said.

It said the virus may also be transmitted from person to person by respiratory droplets.

Monkeypox is a rare disease that is caused by infection with monkeypox virus that belongs to the Orthopoxvirus genus in the family Poxviridae. The Orthopoxvirus genus also includes variola virus (which causes smallpox), vaccinia virus (used in the smallpox vaccine), and cowpox virus.

The BBC also reported today that England’s Health Secretary Sajid Javid has said another 11 cases of monkeypox have been confirmed in the UK.

The new cases come on top of the nine already identified in the country.

Javid said “most cases” are mild. He has now updated G7 health ministers on the spread of the virus, which has been detected in nine other countries outside Central and West Africa. (CMC)