Health Ministry Confirmed Monkey Pox On Island

Two weeks ago TNN received information from a well place source stating that at least two cases of monkey pox had been identified on island.

TNN inquired as to whether there was any cases of monkey pox on the island to the Ministry of Health and the Department of Communications and Information Services.

Here is the response to TNN’s inquiries.

The Ministry of Health stressed today that alleged monkeypox reports are false. Currently, there are no confirmed cases of the virus on island.

The Ministry takes this timely opportunity to remind the public that only official and verified information from the Government of Bermuda/Ministry of Health should be relied on.

The Ministry refers you to the statement that was issued on May 25, 2022, for more information.

The link is here:

Today the Ministry of Health confirmed via a press release that Bermuda has it first case of monkey pox.

The Ministry of Health can confirm that Bermuda is today reporting its first confirmed case of monkeypox.

For reasons of confidentiality, the person cannot be identified. However, the patient is in isolation, and the Ministry of Health is investigating potential close contacts and will notify anyone who may have been exposed.

Acting Minister of Health, Jason Hayward, JP MP, said, “Monkeypox is rare, not life-threatening and Bermuda is well prepared to detect the disease and take suitable public health measures to prevent its spread. The Ministry of Health has provided guidance for primary care providers and the Bermuda Molecular Diagnostics and Research Laboratory (MDL) lab on sample handling. The Hospital also has appropriate isolation facilities to support treatment.

“The Ministry is also working with the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA), the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA). Our port health officials know how to screen and recognize possible cases and take appropriate action. Our healthcare professionals know how to identify, immediately isolate, and report cases to local and regional health authorities.”

Monkeypox is a rare infection that’s mainly found in parts of west or central Africa (often near rainforests but increasingly in some urban areas as well). It may take between 5 and 21 days for the first symptoms to appear. Usually, the virus causes flu-like symptoms: fever, chills, rash and lesions on the face or genitals. Most people recover within several weeks without requiring hospitalization.

If you suspect you have caught or been exposed to monkeypox, you must call your doctor or the Communicable Disease Clinic on 278-6442. More information on monkeypox is attached.

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