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Monkeypox arrives in St Lucia via flight crew

Monkeypox arrives in St Lucia via flight crew

Health authorities in St. Lucia have increased surveillance for monkeypox after being alerted that a crew member on a flight to the island has tested positive for the viral disease.
However, according to the officials, the individual did not disembark from the aircraft when it arrived.

A statement issued Monday by the Ministry of Health said the Epidemiology Department was alerted to the situation by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

It says the required contact tracing process is being undertaken.

The ministry says all identified contacts of the case will be placed in quarantine and monitored over a 21-day period.

The ministry added that with the significant increase in the number of cases of monkeypox confirmed globally in recent weeks, St Lucia has strengthened the capacity to manage individuals who are either suspect or confirmed cases.

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