July 25, 2022 | By Hopeton O’Connor-Dennie |
World Health Organization (WHO)
WHO has declared Monkey Pox as a Global World emergency. 5 deaths so far recorded worldwide. 14,000 cases so far worldwide. Jamaica has so far identified one case. A number of nations internationally have Monkeypox .
Monkeypox is in 75 countries. COVID and Polio are the other international emergency diseases. World Health Organization (WHO).
Monkeypox is believed to be spread by very personal contact. Men having sex with men has been rumoured. The CDC is reporting that of the approximately 2500 cases in the USA 99 % of them have been in men who have confirmed having sex with other men. There is a vaccine that can be applied which is predominantly bing distributed in the gay community in countries like Canada. Monkeypox is not just limited to homosxuals and can spread outside of gay and bi sexual individuals.
Monkeypox in Jamaica
There is a report that Jamaica has identified a second case of the Monkeypox virus. Details were not available at press time. This is not good news. Will it be just a matter of time before it is spread more widely in Jamaica. We need to be proactive and get some vaccines in island.
We are yet to know what the declaration of a global emergency means. Will we get funding from the World Health Organization (WHO) to help fund any fall out from this virus? This would be helpful.
We should begin to take Monkeypox more seriously. It can kill and it has already taken lives. It may not be as deadly, but it is still a threat to life. We hope public education will be strengthened so our people will be on the alert. Let us try to limit the spread by our lifestyle choices.