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Guyana confirms 1st case of monkeypox

August 23rd, 2022

On Monday, Guyana became the latest CARICOM country to confirm a case of the Monkeypox virus.

Health officials say the patient is hospitalised in a stable condition.

Health Minister Dr. Frank Anthony has confirmed health authorities are conducting contact-tracing and several people have since been quarantined.

The male patient lives in Region Four, and has been admitted to the Ocean View Infectious Disease Hospital. He is in his 50s, and was first suspected of being infected over the last weekend.

The Health Minister says the government is working with the Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO) to obtain test kits as well as a supply of vaccines from the lone global manufacturer.

Dr. Anthony says with the emergence of this first case of monkeypox, Guyana has activated its response.

This includes laboratories, laboratory personnel and physicians who have been trained to identify the viral disease. He says there is no need to panic but he is appealing to Guyanese to take all precautions.

More than 42,000 cases of monkeypox have been detected in 95 countries.

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