Monkeypox declared as category A infectious disease

Dit item is gearchiveerd op 25-06-2022.

ORANJESTAD – Over the past days, many news outlets around the world have published reports about individuals who are being diagnosed with a disease that is causing symptoms similar to Chickenpox. In Dutch, this disease is called "Apenpokken" and in English it's called Monkeypox. 

Many countries have noticed an increase of Monkeypox infections over the past days. Meanwhile, the first Monkeypox case was reported in the Netherlands. The “National Institute for Health and Environment” RIVM in the Netherlands has advised the Minister of Health in Aruba, to declare the Monkeypox as a Category-A infectious disease within the National ordinance infectious diseases (AB 2019 no. 27).

So far, little is known scientifically about the Monkeypox. It is still not clear how contagious this virus is nor how it affects the body of the infected individual. That is why it is so important for a early diagnosis and isolation of even suspected cases, but also to establish protocols to monitor the development and quarantine to help contain the level of infections.

Based on the above mentioned information, it is important to emphasize on the formal classification of this disease as a Category-A infectious disease within the National ordinance infectious diseases (AB 2019 no. 27).

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