St Lucia analyses situation of Monkeypox as cases alarm world

Monkeypox is a rare viral disease that has been found in several countries worldwide during the month of May. However, St Lucia has not reported any case of the disease. 

St Lucia analyses situation of Monkeypox as cases alarm world
St Lucia analyses situation of Monkeypox as cases alarm world

Castries, St Lucia: As the cases of Monkeypox is witnessing a significant surge across the globe, the Ministry of Health, Wellness and Elderly Affairs of St Lucia presented their concerns over the current situation. They are currently analyzing the entire situation of Mokenley so that consequential measures can be created. 

Monkeypox is a rare viral disease that has been found in several countries worldwide during the month of May. However, St Lucia has not reported any case of the disease. 

Some facts about Monkeypox: 

Monkeypox is caused by the monkeypox virus, which is mostly reported in areas of Africa. The virus is spread when a person gets contacted with the virus from an infected person, animal or material contaminated with the virus

The transmission that occurs from one human to another human is primarily due to the large respiratory droplets. Moreover, it could also occur due to the various transmission methods, such as direct contact known as body fluids or lesion material and indirect contact with lesion material. The indirect contact will also be held through contaminated clothing or linens. 

In addition to that, people may develop flu-like symptoms such as fever, headache, muscle ache, back pain, exhaustion and swelling of lymph nodes after the 7 to 14 days of their exposure to the virus. 

After the country gets exposed to the virus, the patient will develop a rash, which often begins on the face and then spreads to the other parts of the body within 1 to 3 days. The illness due to the virus will last for 2 to 4 weeks which could also be the reason for deaths in 1 to 10 percent of people who contracted the disease. 

The recovery could have happened with the vaccinated, which offers some level of cross-protection. 

So, the Ministry of Health of St Lucia has also encouraged citizens to be vigilant and to seek medical care if they develop fever, headache, swollen lymph nodes or a rash, among others.

They stated that everyone should continue to practice the various public health measures that are related to the COVID-19 pandemic. It relates to the wearing of a mask when in public, frequent washing of hands with soap and water or using alcohol-based hand sanitizer and avoiding crowded spaces. 

It further ensured that the health ministry of St Lucia would remain vigilant in analyzing and detecting the cases of the Monkeypox imported to St Lucia. 

The Ministry of Health, Wellness and Elderly Affairs will provide every update on Monkeypox as more information becomes available.