Even with Barbados and some countries in the region confirming their first cases of monkeypox recently, the Caribbean Public Health Agency remains confident there’s no need for entry restrictions into any member state at this time.
CARPHA, in a release issued yesterday, has advised countries under its guidance to remain on high alert for the importation of viral or other infections, while monitoring in-country syndromic surveillance for increases in cases of fever or rash illness that could be associated with monkeypox.
Executive Director, Dr. Joy St. John is assuring the region, CARPHA stands ready to assist with the development of tools for investigation and epidemiological monitoring.
She says the agency’s personnel are also on stand-by to assist in the investigation and control of any outbreak, should the need arise.
CARPHA is monitoring the spread of monkeypox – looking at prevention and control.
She explains the agency has also commenced testing for the virus and working with member states, CARPHA will support activities and educate the public to protect the health of all within the region’s borders.
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