Barbados Confirms First Monkeypox Case

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Barbados has confirmed its first cases of Monkeypox – a Barbadian man in his thirties.

Health Minister Ian Gooding-Edghill announced the development in a statement, the full text of which Barbados Today published on Saturday.

In the statement, Gooding-Edghill  disclosed that the patient attended the Winston Scott Polyclinic with symptoms of a progressive rash, body pains, and fever.

The Minister said the man sought medical attention at the Polyclinic within hours of his arrival in Barbados.

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“The patient was seen and assessed based on a history of recent travel and clinical manifestations,” Gooding-Edghill stated.

He revealed that swab samples went to the Best-dos Santos Public Health Laboratory for testing, where results showed a positive case of Monkeypox.

Gooding-Edghill added that contact tracing was underway.

In addition, the Minister explained that the local test results came within 24 hours as against the days awaiting results when the tests were done in Trinidad by the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA).

According to the Minister, d the patient remains in isolation and is under the direct care and medical supervision of the Barbados Medical Officer of Health.

However, Gooding-Edghill said there would be no disclosure of personal details in the interest of patient confidentiality.

“I am confident that the Ministry’s speedy announcement of this case will, as has occurred with our response to Covid-19, get from the Barbadian public the same level of cooperation in our ongoing management of the Monkeypox health issue,” the Minister stated.

And he assured the country that the Ministry of Health is fully prepared to handle any cases of Monkeypox in the country.

Headline photo: Ian Gooding-Edghill (Stock image)

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  1. After Tuesday we will see the results of all the mass crowd events that have been taking place to allow he liars friends to make millions off the backs of gullible lucians… those who made the pocketful of money will be able to seek care at tapion while lhe fools will be left at the mercy of VH and VF stadium… monkey see monkey do, whine and gyrate to your death with covid and monkey pox. That is how they put you first

  2. From a child I was always told that men who wear their pants on or below their buttox have happy tendencies . Straight men ensure that their pants are fitted comfortably around their waist.

  3. Many St Lucia men are involuntarily HAPPY due the the high level of alcohol consumption. Such HAPPINESS is fueled by the fact that many of them wear pants without belt complimented by their pant being loose below their buttox. Please look out for HAPPY St Lucian men with pants below buttox. That is the universal sign of being HAPPY.

  4. Monkey pox will be confirm in St.lucia after carnival complimented with an unprecedented spike in COVID-19. Also, it will be reported that our frail health care system will buckle under such preventable pressure.


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