According to Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh, normal screening protocols have been reenergized at ports of entry as the world faces a monkeypox outbreak.
He made the comments while speaking on Power 102 Digital’s Power Breakfast Show.
This is just one of the measures being implemented by the Government as it battles to ensure the virus does not reach our shores or is contained early if it does.
Minister Deyalsingh noted that there is every possibility that the virus can soon appear in the country.
However he noted that on the upside, transmission of the virus is much more difficult than COVID as it requires close skin to skin contact.
Minister Deyalsingh pointed out that younger persons may be more at risk of contracting monkeypox.
He explained that this is because the smallpox vaccine was distributed in the 1970’s and is also effective against monkeypox but has not been in circulation since smallpox was eradicated before the turn of the century.