St Vincent and the Grenadines intensifies surveillance of

St. Vincent and the Grenadines intensifies surveillance of MPox

In a statement, the Health Ministry said it had increased its diagnostic and testing capacity in the country regarding this disease.

He also advised the Vincentians to adopt a healthy lifestyle that reduces exposure to viral infections, including washing hands frequently and seeking immediate help if contamination is suspected.

Routine surveillance for other infectious diseases will continue and be combined with regular awareness events for health workers and the public, the agency said.

To date, no confirmed cases of Mpox have been recorded in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

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

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