Second case of monkeypox in Trinidad

Port of Spain, Trinidad – The Ministry of Health says a second case of the Mpox, virus was confirmed via laboratory testing on Wednesday.

The patient has been identified as a young adult male but it’s not known if the patient had travel history like the first case reported on Tuesday.

Based on this, the County Medical Officer of Health (CMOH) is conducting an epidemiological investigation and has initiated the local public health response, which includes home isolation and contact tracing for the patient.

The Ministry said it would continue to provide updates to the public as necessary.

Meanwhile, in Grenada, the Surveillance Unit of the Ministry of Health, Wellness, and Religious Affairs says it  is aware of, and is closely monitoring cases of mpox in Trinidad and Tobago

The mpox is a member of the Orthopoxvirus genus in the family Poxviridae.

It can be transmitted to humans through close contact with an infected person or animal, or with contaminated material such as bedding.

It is also transmitted from one person to another by close contact with lesions, body fluids, and respiratory droplets.

The main symptoms of mpox are fever, rash, and swollen lymph nodes. (CMC)

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