Monkeypox: the Ministry of Health publishes a notice to international passengers
The Union Department of Health on Tuesday advised international passengers to refrain from eating or preparing wild game meat (bushmeat) or using products such as creams, lotions and powders from wild animals in Africa, in addition to avoiding close contact with sick people, including those with skin lesions or genital lesions.
The “Monkey Pox Management Guidelines” issued to states and union territories include an appendix — notice to international passengers — advising such passengers to avoid contact with dead or living organisms such as small mammals, including rodents (rats, squirrels) and non-human primates (monkeys, great apes).
It also advises avoiding contact with contaminated materials used by sick people such as clothing, bedding or materials used in healthcare facilities or that have come into contact with infected animals.
Outlining the role of APHOs and PHOs, the notice says they should remain on high alert, especially for passengers arriving from countries reporting outbreaks of monkeypox.
They should familiarize themselves with the clinical presentation of monkeypox, undertake strict thermal screening, verify passenger travel history to affected countries over the past 21 days, and establish or strengthen airport and port referral arrangements to liaison hospitals identified.
They must also inform the Bureau of Immigration, the airline and the state health personnel deployed with them of the disease, inform the airlines concerned of the detection of a suspected case for the purpose of the disinfection procedure to be followed in accordance with standard guidelines.
The guidelines state that international travelers should consult the nearest health facility if they develop symptoms suggestive of monkeypox such as fever with rash and were in an area where the illness has been reported or have come into contact with a person who might have had the disease.
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