Saint Vincent and the Grenadines intensifies smallpox surveillance

And the Ministry of Health stated, in a statement, that it has increased its capacity for diagnosis and examination in the country with regard to this disease.

He also advised Vincentians to lead a healthy lifestyle that reduces exposure to viral infections, including frequent hand washing and seeking immediate care if exposure is suspected.

The agency said routine surveillance for other communicable diseases is ongoing and is accompanied by frequent awareness sessions for healthcare staff and the public.

To date, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines has not recorded any confirmed cases of smallpox.

Monkeypox is a viral zoonotic disease (a virus transmitted to humans from animals) with symptoms similar to those seen in the past in patients with smallpox, although clinically less severe.

For some people, the first symptom is a rash or mucous lesions that can last two to four weeks, while others may have a rash with fever, headache, muscle aches, back pain, low energy, and swollen lymph nodes.

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