Barbados records first case of Monkeypox virus

Barbados confirmed its first case of the Monkeypox virus on Saturday with officials indicating the island is fully prepared to handle any cases of the virus already detected in two other Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries, Jamaica and the Bahamas. .

Health and Welfare Minister Ian Goodign Edghill said in a statement that it was a Barbadian man in his 30s ‘who came to Winston Scott Polyclinic with symptoms progressive skin rash, body aches and fever.

“He saw a doctor at the polyclinic within hours of arriving in Barbados. The patient was seen and assessed based on recent travel history and clinical manifestations. The patient was swabbed and the samples were sent to the Best-dos Santos Public Health Laboratory for testing where the results revealed a positive case of Monkeypox.

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Edghill said the results of the locally performed test were obtained within 24 hours, “compared to the days of waiting for results when the tests were performed by the Trinidad-based Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA)” .

“The patient remains in isolation and is under the direct care and medical supervision of our Medical Officer of Health. In the interest of patient privacy, no personal data will be disclosed.

The Minister of Health and Welfare said he remained “confident” that the rapid announcement of this case, as has happened with the island’s response to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic) , “will obtain the same level of cooperation from the Barbadian public in our ongoing process”. management of the Monkeypox health problem.

“The Department of Health and Wellness has begun contact tracing as a responsible public health measure. Let me assure the public that the department is fully prepared to deal with all cases of Monkeypox in our country,” said Edghill, who did not disclose when the national returned to the island and where he was. had surrendered.

Signs and symptoms of Monkeypox include rash, fever, enlarged lymph nodes, back pain and muscle aches and the World Health Organization (WHO) has prescribed that if someone is exposed to the virus, it should be quarantined for up to 21 days. .

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