Monkeypox alert for high risk group

ORANJESTAD - Nonendemic countries report Monkeypox cases to the World Health Organization (WHO). These are countries that have never had Monkeypox cases.

Although anyone, regardless of sex, race, or age, can be infected with Monkeypox, international data indicate that 98% of reported cases are of men who have sexual intercourse with other men (MSM) and are between the ages of 18 and 50 years. The risk of infection is higher among men who frequently have sex with other men and those with multiple partners.

Monkeypox alert for the high risk group (men who have sexual intercourse with other men). Therefore, it is essential to alert this group of individuals at higher risk of getting Monkeypox infection. Although Monkeypox spreads by touching surfaces and objects exposed to the virus, the greatest infection risk remains direct contact from one person to another, face to face, skin to skin, and mouth to mouth, with an infected person.

The 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;

The first symptoms may appear between 5 to 21 days after coming in contact with an infected person.

Monkeypox symptoms of can include:

  • Fever;
  • Headache;
  • Muscle aches and backache;
  • Swollen lymph nodes;
  • Exhaustion;

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.

If you are in the higher-risk group mentioned above and have recently been in direct contact with an infected person, contact your family physician immediately for diagnosis. If you are undocumented and have come in contact with an infected person, contact the DVG immediately at 5224200 and self-isolate. Your healthcare provider will provide instructions and start the testing procedure while monitoring your symptoms based on the severity of the symptoms.

To prevent possible Monkeypox infection, avoid close contact with anyone infected. The DVG urges the risk group of men who have sex with other men to limit their sexual encounters or encounters with multiple sexual partners. Although not proven yet that Monkeypox is sexually transmitted, this is also not ruled out as such.

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

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