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Health officials on Nevis continue to monitor ‘monkeypox’ situation in source markets


By Devonne Cornelius

St. Kitts and Nevis (WINN): The Ministry of Health in the Nevis Island Administration (NIA) is closely monitoring the outbreak of monkeypox cases in neighboring Caribbean countries and source markets according to Health Minister the Hon. Mark Brantley. 

“Our health professionals continue to monitor the situation in relation to monkeypox. We have not yet received from them any sense of heightened concern at this point so we will continue to monitor. 

The region operates with PAHO [Pan American Health Organization] and CARPHA [Caribbean Public Health Agency] and so we expect that the same standards would be applied across the region in terms of monitoring.”

Brantley was at the time speaking at his July 28 press conference at his Cabinet Room in Pinney’s Estate. 

Monkeypox is an illness caused by the monkeypox virus. It is a viral zoonotic infection, meaning that it can spread from animals to humans. It can also spread from person to person.

Monkeypox can cause a range of signs and symptoms.  While some people have mild symptoms, others may develop more serious symptoms and need care in a health facility. Those at higher risk for severe disease or complications include people who are pregnant, children and persons that are immunocompromised. The most common symptoms of monkeypox include fever, headache, muscle aches, back pain, low energy, and swollen lymph nodes. This is followed or accompanied by the development of a rash which can last for two to three weeks. The rash can be found on the face, palms of the hands, soles of the feet, eyes, mouth, throat, groin, and genital and/or anal regions of the body. The number of lesions can range from one to several thousand. Lesions begin flat, then fill with liquid before they crust over, dry up and fall off, with a fresh layer of skin forming underneath.

Monkeypox spreads from person to person through close contact with someone who has a monkeypox rash, including through face-to-face, skin-to-skin, mouth-to-mouth or mouth-to-skin contact, including sexual contact.


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