The Ministry of Health in Trinidad and Tobago has called an emergency meeting with health experts to tackle the latest monkeypox outbreak, which has affected at least 100 people in seven countries.

Terrence Deyalsingh, Minister of Health, told the media that he was attending the meeting before heading to the immunization center to receive the second COVID-19 booster. He went on to say that the Trinidad and Tobago government is very concerned about monkeypox.

The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) was represented at the emergency meeting by Dr. Roshan Parasram, Epidemiology Division Technical Director, Dr. Avery Hinds, Principal Medical Officer of Institutions, Dr. Mary Abdool-Richards, and Manager of the Extended Programme on Immunization nurse Grace Sookchand. The Minister of Health claimed to have met with the Caribbean Public Health Agency prior to the meeting (CARPHA).

According to international sources, a small number of cases have been documented in countries such as the United States, the United Kingdom, Portugal, Spain, Italy, and France.

What exactly is Monkeypox”? 

Monkeypox, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is a rare condition caused by infection with the monkeypox virus (CDC). According to the CDC, the symptoms are similar to smallpox but less severe. The virus is primarily passed on when a person comes into touch with an infected animal, person, or substance.

The typical incubation period for monkeypox, according to the CDC, is 714 days, but it can range from 521 to 714 days. Fever, headache, muscle pains, and weariness are among the symptoms. These are the early signs of a problem.

The fundamental difference in symptoms between smallpox and monkeypox is that monkeypox induces lymphadenopathy while smallpox does not. A rash normally starts on the face three days after the onset of fever and extends to the rest of the body. Symptoms often last two to four weeks.

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