Contact tracing continues for more Bermuda monkeypox cases

A rigorous contact tracing effort is underway in Bermuda as health officials try to find people who may have interacted with the territory’s only case of monkeypox.

Chief Medical Officer Dr Ayo Oyinloye confirmed last night that they have placed a few people in quarantine and are monitoring them for signs of infection with the virus.

We are doing contact tracing around them to find out who they have been exposed to,” Oyinloye said. “We are monitoring them to see if they develop this infection.”

He noted that there had been no new monkeypox infections.

Last Thursday, the island recorded its first case of the virus.

The details of the patient have not been released by the Ministry of Health due to patient confidentiality.

Oyinloye said the infected person was doing “well” and was not in hospital.

Bermuda, The Bahamas, Jamaica, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico and Barbados have confirmed cases of monkeypox.

The World Health Organization has so far confirmed more than 14,000 cases of monkeypox worldwide in countries including Australia, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and the United States.

Symptoms of monkeypox include exhaustion, fever, headache, back pain, muscle aches, chills, and swollen lymph nodes. These symptoms can last from 2 to 4 weeks and their severity depends on the age of an infected person.