Dr. Brink says that Bailiwik is likely to have Monkeypox cases- Guernsey

Bailiwik Potential Monkeypox Cases: Dr. Brink Warns of Local Risk

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According to Dr. Brink, there is a good chance that instances of monkeypox will be seen in the Bailiwick.


In the Bailiwick, MONKEYPOX has been designated as a disease that must be reported to the appropriate authorities, along with a warning that it is very possible that cases will be seen locally in the close to immediate future.

Community transmission has been seen in the UK, which has also passed legislation designating the virus as an infectious illness that must be reported.

In the United Kingdom, there were a total of 190 cases that were verified by a laboratory as of May 30.


Dr. Nicola Brink, the medical officer of health for the Bailiwick, said that it was possible that cases will be observed locally, despite the fact that no cases had been found in the Bailiwick up to this point.

'Listing of monkeypox infections and the virus as a notifiable disease means that health care providers are obliged to inform the medical officer of health if they seriously doubt that a patient may have monkeypox or if the monkeypox virus is established in a clinical sample,' she said. This means that if a person is found to have monkeypox or if the monkeypox virus is found in a clinical sample, it needs immediate reporting to the authorities.

This will assist Public Health in managing any local cases, should they emerge, as well as tracking down contacts.It will be possible for us to disrupt chains of transfer and administer vaccinations where it is suggested, if we handle cases and contacts in a timely and efficient manner.


The virus that causes monkeypox is called varicella-zoster virus, and up until fairly recently, it was believed that travelling to West Africa was the most common way to get the sickness. On the other hand, since the beginning of May 2022, more than a thousand instances of monkeypox have been recorded in a variety of nations that are not endemic for the virus. These countries include the United Kingdom, Spain, Portugal, and North America.

According to Dr. Brink, "Epidemiological studies are underway; nevertheless, documented cases do not have any proven travel linkages to an endemic location at this time." This is compatible with community spread in numerous non-endemic nations in over the last week, so we need to guarantee that we are ready, and making the illness notifiable.

The infectious stage of monkeypox lasts for anything from five to twenty-one days after the first infection. It is often a self-limiting sickness, and the majority of individuals get well within a few weeks after receiving treatment. On the other hand, certain people are susceptible to developing serious illnesses.

The symptoms of the sickness start off with a temperature, a headache, and extreme tiredness. Within a few days following the onset of fever, a rash will emerge, most often starting on the face before moving on to other regions of the body. The rash develops and passes through a number of phases until it ultimately forms a scab, which then peels off.

If people are worried that they may have monkeypox or have any suspicion about whether or not they have the condition, they should call the Orchard Centre at 227707 or their primary care physician at the number shown on their directory. In order to get the appropriate amount of medical attention, it is essential to call a healthcare provider prior to physically going to one of these facilities. In case an individual is in critical condition, they should get in touch with the Emergency Department at the PEH so that they may get more instructions.

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