The Executive Director of CARPHA, the Caribbean Public Health Agency is tonight allaying any fears Barbadians or other CARICOM nationals have about the monkeypox outbreak.
Dr Joy St. John speaking exclusively to CBC News, explains why there is no need to panic in relation to cases being detected in the region.
While CARPHA has been active in its surveillance for monkeypox, Dr St. John says there’s been no need to set up an incident management team, as was the case for the COVID-19 pandemic.
The CARPHA boss has confirmed receiving samples for testing from CARICOM member states.
There is also some advice from CARPHA tonight for Barbados and the region in terms of the response to the monkeypox outbreak.
Dr St. John says the region should be on the alert for any cases which emerge but the level of the response will not be what was seen with COVID-19.