According to a press release from the Regional Health Agency (ARS), a confirmed case of monkeypox has been identified this Monday, August 1st in Saint Martin.
After the first case observed in Guadeloupe on July 25th, a patient infected by monkeypox was found on the island. The patient was taken in charge as soon as the first evocative signs appeared and placed in isolation.
The health authority recalls the precautionary measures concerning this disease: ‘‘The monkeypox virus can be transmitted by direct contact with skin lesions or mucous membranes of a sick person as well as by droplets (saliva, sneezes, sputum …). Sexual intercourse with or without penetration meets these conditions for contamination, and having several partners increases the risk of being exposed to the virus. In particular, direct contact with injured skin during sexual intercourse facilitates transmission.’’
Still according to the ARS of Guadeloupe, Saint-Martin, and Saint-Barthélemy, during most contaminations, symptoms are mild and can be treated at home. Fever, headaches, and the appearance of pimples on the face, body, palms, and soles of the feet that turn into scabs and then fall off, are symptoms to watch out for, which generally disappear in 2 to 4 weeks. Preventive vaccination against monkeypox is possible. It is necessary to contact the Free Information, Diagnosis and Screening Center (CEGGID) of the Louis-Constant Fleming Hospital, by calling +590 590 52 26 74, which answers questions and offers free and confidential vaccinations.
CEGGID opening hours:
– Monday: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 3:00 to 4:00 p.m,
– Tuesday: 9:00 am to 4:00 pm,
– Wednesday: 9:00 am to 4:00 pm,
– Thursday: 12:00 to 19:00,
– Friday: 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.
The ARS considers that everyone’s vigilance is necessary to limit the spread of this new disease.