Tuesday, September 26, 2023

The Bahamas Cautious on 1st Probable Case of Monkeypox. How Do You Catch It?

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Monkeypox is suspected to be in the country following the arrival of a British tourist to the country.

Minister of Health Michael Darville said samples have been retrieved from the man who is in isolation.

The man believed to be in his 40s, arrived in Nassau on British Airways.

If confirmed, it would be the first case for the Caribbean region.

How do you catch it?

Monkeypox is akin to chickenpox and spreads when the infected person is in close contact with others. The virus enters the body through the respiratory tract, broken skin, or through the eyes, nose, or mouth.

It can be contracted from contaminated bedding and clothing and infected animals such as monkeys, rodents, and squirrels.

The virus has been detected among gay men though anyone can contract it. Experts said it’s not known why a higher proportion of cases is among men from the homosexual commuity.

New guidance issued, advises against engaging in sex while infected or showing symptoms; or as a precaution, use condoms for eight weeks after infection.

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