Saturday, October 1, 2022

Health officials prepare for possible arrival of monkeypox on the island

The Department of Health’s Office of Epidemiology has not yet confirmed the first case.

Dr. Carlos Melado, Secretary of the Department of Health and Dr. Melissa Marzan, Chief Epidemiological Officer of the Department of Health. Photo: Journal of Medicine and Public Health.

“In Puerto Rico it will be studied on a case-by-case basis, but if you develop a fever, your lymph nodes swell, and pustules or rash may appear on your face, torso and arms. Looks like, it’s important that you consult with your doctor,” said Department of Health Secretary Dr. Carlos Melado, understanding that this is an international situation that will eventually reach Puerto Rico.

In conjunction with an assessment developed by the World Health Organization (WHO) to determine whether monkeypox constitutes a “public health emergency of international importance”, the highest level of warning that the organization can declare is due to the total number of countries affected. which is in quantity 42 regions around the worldWith over 3,500 cases in the last six weeks.

Strategies advanced in Puerto Rico preventive and response mechanisms Given the imminent emergency that implies the arrival of the virus, to date, no confirmed, probable, or suspected case has been reported in the epidemiological office, a traveler’s warning was presented, who had transited on the island. person contacted a positive case of smallpox Why mono?

The health department, especially the epidemiological office, through the surveillance system, was in contact with this traveler for a period of 21 days, which is maximum incubation timeAt the end of this period, the follow-up procedure was discontinued, as they never developed symptoms.

“We would like to call to recognize that this is an international position, that there are 24 jurisdictions in the United States that have identified cases; in case of any doubt all providers should contact the Department of Health”, Dr. Melissa Marzan, principal epidemiological officer of the Department of Health.

all information about monkeypox or monkeypox, available on the Health Department portal; There is currently no cure for this disease, but research is going on around the world on this topic.

Similarly, there are no estates or guidelines yet, on vaccination, mass vaccination process has not been developed. “Everything is under evaluation, so vaccination issues will have to do with close contacts, under special classification and clinical assessment, once they have been exposed,” Dr. Marzan said.

With the classification of monkeypox, as an international emergency, it is expected to create and enforce coordination between countries, in addition to strengthening the active search for cases in regions and putting an international brake on the virus’s circulation.

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