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Contact tracing for probable Monkeypox

22 July 2022

The Minister for Health and Social Services, Deputy Karen Wilson, has announced that the Government has begun contact-tracing and offering vaccinations, after a highly probable case of Monkeypox was identified in Jersey.

Contact-tracing is based on possible transmission and is nearing completion.

There is a rise in Monkeypox cases worldwide and any Islander who is concerned about possible Monkeypox symptoms should call their GP or the GUM helpline (Tel: 01534 442856) and avoid close physical contact with others until they have received medical advice. It is important to phone ahead before attending any appointment in-person.

Deputy Karen Wilson said: "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 include:

  • Recent unexpected or unusual spots, ulcers or blisters anywhere on your body
  • Fever
  • Headaches
  • Muscle aches
  • Chills and exhaustion
  • Swollen glands

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