Castries, St Lucia: The Monkeypox is dominating the countries across the globe, and St Lucia has also come into its contact as a crew member on a flight into St Lucia turned put positive.
The information has been disclosed by the island’s Chief Medical Officer (CMO), Dr Sharon Belmar-George. He stated that the Epidemiology Department within the Ministry of Health, Wellness and Elderly Affairs received an alert from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) of the United States.
He explained, “The crew member did not disembark from the flight as obtained with the deadly disease; the contact tracing process is currently being undertaken by the contact tracing team within the Ministry of Health.”
Since there is in a significant number of cases of Monkeypox, which have been confirmed globally in recent weeks, St Lucia has put its efforts into strengthening the capacity of the country to manage the people who are either suspect or turned positive against the Monkeypox. The government also urged the citizens of St Lucia to follow the restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic for the management of Monkeypox.
People who are exposed to the virus will witness the quarantine and be monitored by the Home Monitoring Team of clinicians.
However, the government also remained the public that Monkeypox has yet not been confirmed in St Lucia to date and as per precautionary mesaure, the Ministry of Health requests that anyone with a travel history recently to self-monitor for the onset of flu-like symptoms including fever, rash, headache and muscle ache. If any of these symptoms are observed, it is necessary to seek medical attention immediately.