Confirmed case of monkeypox; contact tracing has begun

“Barbados has recorded its first confirmed case of Monkeypox.”

Health and Wellness Minister Ian Gooding-Edghill made the revelation at today’s press conference.

“This case is a Barbadian [man] in his thirties, who attended the Winston Scott Polyclinic with symptoms of progressive skin rash, body aches and fever. He saw a doctor at the polyclinic within hours of arriving in Barbados. The patient was seen and assessed based on recent travel history and clinical manifestations. The patient was swabbed and the samples were sent to the Best-dos Santos Public Health Laboratory for testing where the results revealed a positive case of Monkeypox. These results of the locally performed test were obtained within 24 hours compared to the days of waiting for results when the tests were performed in Trinidad by CARPHA.”

The Minister of Health had alerted the country yesterday that a suspected case was being investigated.

Today, he assured citizens and visitors to the island: “The patient remains in isolation and is under the direct care and medical supervision of our medical officer. In the interest of patient confidentiality, no data personal information will not be disclosed”.

Regarding the possibility of transmission surrounding this initial case, he added, “I am confident that the prompt announcement of this case by the ministry, as has happened with our response to COVID-19, will get public Barbadian the same level of cooperation in our continued management of the Monkeypox health issue.

“The Department of Health and Welfare has commenced contact tracing as a responsible public health measure. Let me assure the public that the Department is fully prepared to deal with any case of Monkeypox in our country.”