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'Highly Probable' Monkeypox Case In Jersey

The Government has begun contact tracing after a 'highly probable' case of Monkeypox has been identified in Jersey.

Contact-tracing is based on possible transmission and is nearing completion. Vaccinations against the disease are also being offered.

The Minister for Health and Social Services Deputy Karen Wilson has given an update on the situation:

“Given the spread of Monkeypox throughout the world, I am not surprised that we have eventually seen our first probable case. Monkeypox is still, nevertheless, a rare infectious disease and the risk of transmission is low. Most cases are mild and can be treated at home.

We have been proactively working with the UK to get additional stocks of vaccine against the disease, and they have arrived on Island, which is excellent news. We have sufficient stocks to vaccinate all contacts.”

Common symptoms of Monkeypox include:

· Recent unexpected or unusual spots, ulcers or blisters anywhere on your body

· Fever

· Headaches

· Muscle aches

· Chills and exhaustion

· Swollen glands

People concerned about possible Monkeypox symptoms are advised to contact their GP or the GUM helpline on 01534 442856 and avoid close physical contact with others until they have received medical advice.

Islanders are reminded to call ahead before attending any appointment in-person.

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