Ministry health

The Ministry of Health establishes protocols for Monkeypox

People can expect a return to contact tracing and isolation protocols if cases of Monkeypox are discovered in the country.

This was highlighted by the Minister of Health, Dr Ifereimi Waqainabete, while answering questions about the protocols for Monkeypox cases.

Dr Waqainabete says they will also carry out surveillance with rapid response and containment protocols.

He adds that they are in consultation with overseas experts and are working on their secondary response in terms of contact tracing and isolation.

Monkeypox is a rare disease caused by infection with the monkeypox virus.

It is endemic in certain countries of central and western Africa and the virus responsible is of the same family as the smallpox virus.

Monkeypox outbreaks have recently been reported in an increasing number of countries that are not endemic for the disease, including the United States of America, Australia, United Kingdom, Spain, Portugal, France , Italy, Germany, Sweden, the Netherlands and Canada.

The Permanent Secretary for Health, Dr James Fong, added that one of the main objectives will be to ensure that we have the capacity to maintain surveillance of travelers from certain countries in order to ensure diagnosis, treatment and early contact tracing.

Monkeypox is usually a self-limiting disease, which means most people recover with just supportive treatment within a few weeks.

However, serious illness can occur in some people. It does not spread easily between people, but person-to-person transmission can occur through contact with clothing or linens (such as bedding or towels) used by an infected person in direct contact with broken skin or monkeypox scabs and exposure to respiratory droplets through coughing or sneezing.

Symptoms include fever, chills, muscle aches, back pain, swollen lymph nodes, exhaustion, an unusual rash that usually starts on the face and can then spread elsewhere on the body.