DVG is investigating the first possible Monkeypox case in Aruba

ORANJESTAD - The Department of Public Health is investigating the first possible case of Monkeypox in Aruba. In this particular case, the individual, who recently traveled to Colombia, has symptoms similar to those of Monkeypox.

Despite these symptoms, the DVG needs to confirm this in the lab. So far, all these symptoms are similar to a typical monkeypox infection, but once the test results are in, they can either confirm Monkeypox or discard the suspicion. The Monkeypox test results usually take 3 to 4 days. 

The DVG conducts the necessary investigation according to the protocols and places immediate family members and acquaintances who may have been in direct contact with the individual in quarantine while testing them for possible Monkeypox. They will send the samples to the Netherlands for testing, and those in quarantine will receive support while waiting for their test results.

Infection with Monkeypox is through direct contact with an infected person. Monkeypox spreads in different ways.

Monkeypox virusThe virus can spread from person to person through:

  • direct contact with the infectious rash, scabs, or body fluids;
  • respiratory secretions during prolonged, face-to-face contact or during intimate physical contact, such as kissing, cuddling, or sex;
  • touching items (such as clothing or linens) that previously touched the infectious rash or body fluids;
  • pregnant people can spread the virus to their fetus through the placenta.

Monkeypox symptoms can include:

  • Fever;
  • Headache;
  • Muscle aches and backache;
  • Swollen lymph nodes;
  • Lack of energy

Anytime between 1 to 3 days after getting a fever, a rash that can look like pimples or blisters can appear on the face, inside the mouth, and on other parts of the body, like the hands, feet, chest, etc.

Monkeypox can be mistaken for Smallpox, Chickenpox, or Impetigo, hence it is essential for anyone with similar symptoms to immediately contact their family physician to get tested and diagnosed.

For more information follow the DVG on Facebook Directie Volksgezondheid DVG Aruba, or visit www.dvg.aw, call 5224200 or send email to servicio@dvg.aw.

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