St. Lucia (Loops News) – The Ministry of Health, Wellness and Elderly Affairs continues to monitor the Monkeypox situation globally, regionally and nationally. As of July 20, 2022, 15,378 Monkeypox cases have been diagnosed globally in 71 countries, of which 15,135 occurred in 65 countries that have not historically reported Monkeypox, including Caribbean countries.
As of Wednesday, July 20, 2022, the Ministry of Health in Saint Lucia is managing six suspected cases of Monkeypox, of which four have no travel history out of Saint Lucia.
These suspected cases are being managed in isolation while they await their results of the Monkeypox tests. The Epidemiology Unit within the Ministry of Health is conducting contact tracing for these suspected cases.
Monkeypox is a viral disease caused by the Monkeypox virus which is usually transmitted from animal to human in some African countries but can also be transmitted from human to human through direct contact with skin lesions or indirect contact with contaminated objects with lesion materials.
The virus is also transmitted through respiratory droplets. Human-to-human transmission is responsible for the majority of cases in this 2022 Monkeypox outbreak.
The disease is characterized by the onset of fever, headache, back pain, muscle ache, weakness, swollen lymph nodes and a rash that progresses through several stages from being flat and red to small, raised bumps like pimples.