Guyana’s AFC calls for travel advisory in wake of monkey pox cases in T&T

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Guyana’s AFC calls for travel advisory in wake of monkey pox cases in T&T

In the wake of Trinidad and Tobago confirming two cases of the monkey pox virus, the opposition Alliance For Change (AFC) wants the Guyana Government to issue a travel advisory for persons leaving Guyana for Trinidad and those coming from Trinidad, with clear established protocols.

The Health Ministry in Trinidad and Tobago on Tuesday confirmed that a middle-aged man in the country, who has a recent travel history has tested positive for the virus.

“In light of the regular travel between Guyana and Trinidad, the AFC calls on the Ministry of Health of Guyana to issue an advisory on travel to and from Trinidad; and to state the protocols that would be implemented to prevent the spread of Monkey Pox to Guyana,” the AFC said in its statement.

The AFC said if there are protocols already in place locally, then the nation and the airlines should be reminded of those protocols to prevent the spread of Monkeypox.

The World Health Organisation’s (WHO) stated last week that more than 88,000 monkeypox cases have been detected globally in 112 countries, with a total of 149 deaths being recorded.

The virus can range from mild disease to severe illness, and is spread through close contact or through respiratory droplets.

Common signs and symptoms may include a skin rash or mucosal lesions which can last 2–4 weeks accompanied by fever, headache, muscle aches, back pain, low energy, and swollen lymph nodes. Anyone experiencing these symptoms is advised to visit their nearest health facility.