At least one confirmed case of monkeypox

The National Reference Lab confirmed that a man who traveled to The Bahamas from the United Kingdom last month was positive for monkeypox, Minister of Health Dr. Michael Darville said yesterday.

The man, who is in his 40s, arrived in The Bahamas from London, via British Airways, on June 9, according to the minister.

Darville said samples were taken from him, analyzed by the lab and confirmed to be positive on June 24.

“That particular case was flown out of the country and all of the potential contacts were monitored,” he said.

“That case is resolved. There’s another suspected case in the country that we are monitoring. That individual went through the quarantine process for, I think, 21 days. All of the contacts associated with that case is also being monitored.

“We are waiting for the final serology of samples to determine whether that is a suspected or confirmed case.”

Darville said the suspect case is a Bahamian who had contact with someone from a foreign country.

The recent global monkeypox outbreak is not expected to lead to another pandemic.

The Ministry of Health has pointed to the global rise and indicated that it is “a manageable health event”.

“Symptoms of monkeypox include skin rash, fever, headache, backache, swollen lymph nodes, chills and exhaustion,” it noted.

“Within one to three days after a fever develops, a body rash typically appears. Symptoms can last for two to four weeks. The death rate associated with the disease is low, ranging between three to six percent of persons infected.

“The safety protocols which help to limit the spread of COVID-19 are also the preventative measures that can help to reduce the risk of infection from monkeypox.”

The ministry advised the public to continue to follow health protocols.

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Jasper Ward

Jasper Ward started at The Nassau Guardian in September 2018. Ward covers a wide range of national and social issues. Education: Goldsmiths, University of London, MA in Race, Media and Social Justice

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