Government on high alert in the wake of monkeypox outbreak

Government on high alert in the wake of monkeypox outbreak
  • PublishedMay 26, 2022

As cases of monkeypox continue to be reported across the world, the government has tightened surveillance at all border entry points and remains on high alert to prevent an outbreak of the virus in the country.

Speaking in Kisii County, Health Principal Secretary Susan Mochache confirmed that there is no case reported in the country, but the government has tightened its core to prevent an outbreak.

“We have very good and robust surveillance systems in place. We have heightened our surveillance at all points of entry to make sure we can detect any case of monkeypox,” Mochache said.

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Monkeypox is spread through close contact with infected persons. Nevertheless, health officials claim that the virus is not as contagious as COVID-19.

Mochache however urged the public to adhere to the Covid-19 guidelines as most of them apply to monkeypox. Monkeypox can be contracted through close contact with an infected individual and has an incubation period of between 6 to 13 days. Its early symptoms are fever, headaches, aching muscles, and swollen lymph nodes.

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According to World Health Organization (WHO) data, the monkeypox virus has spread to 17 countries, with 110 confirmed cases and 205 suspected cases. Some of the countries hit by the virus include USA, UK, Sweden, Spain, Portugal, Netherlands, Italy, Germany, France, Canada, Belgium, and Australia among others.

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