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Trinidad and Tobago reports third Monkeypox case; Health authorities urge strict protocol adherence

Posted: Wednesday, July 19, 2023. 7:06 am CST.

By Breaking Belize News Staff: As reported by Caribbean Loop News, health officials in Trinidad and Tobago have urged citizens to diligently follow all protocols related to the spread of the Monkeypox virus as the country manages its ongoing outbreak.

According to a statement from the Ministry of Health, Trinidad and Tobago recorded its third case of the virus on Monday. The statement reassures that “all three cases of the Monkeypox virus are in home isolation and do not require hospital care at this time.”

The Ministry has also secured 2,800 doses of the vaccine to administer to non-symptomatic close contacts and health care professionals at facilities where patients could potentially be warded. However, at this time, no vaccines have been administered.

The first case related to the ongoing global outbreak was identified in May 2022, with the peak occurring in August 2022. “During this period, the Ministry of Health ensured that all protocols for testing, contact tracing, and isolation were implemented, inclusive of sensitisation of medical professionals,” the ministry said in the statement.

The Caura Hospital has been designated “as the facility to care for any patient that may require hospitalisation if necessary.”

With these confirmed cases, Trinidad and Tobago is now the 113th country to record active cases of Monkeypox. The Ministry of Health noted that this disease is usually self-limiting and is commonly spread by close contact with a positive case.

These developments underline the importance of public vigilance and adherence to health protocols in mitigating the spread of the Monkeypox virus. Trinidad and Tobago’s health authorities continue to monitor the situation closely and implement appropriate measures to manage the outbreak.

 

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