(Barbados Today) The Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) has advised against imposing restrictions on people arriving from any country as it closely monitors the spread of the Monkeypox virus.
At the weekend, Barbados confirmed its first case of the virus which has been reported in 63 countries.
Minister of Health and Wellness Ian Gooding-Edghill said a Barbadian man in his 30s who recently flew into the island tested positive for the virus after he presented to the Sir Winston Scott Polyclinic.
Two other Caribbean countries, The Bahamas and Jamaica, have also confirmed cases of the virus.
“CARPHA is monitoring the spread of the monkeypox virus – looking at prevention and control. We have also commenced testing for the Monkeypox virus. At this time, CARPHA does not recommend restrictions on the entry of persons from any country,” Executive Director of the Trinidad-based regional health agency Dr. Joy St John said on Monday.