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Wednesday, October 5, 2022

Monkeypox: Health Ministry updates its vigilance protocol

In a ministerial circular, Khalid Ait Taleb informed regional health directors about this second update of the protocol. This is justified by “the development of the epidemiological situation at the international level and the improvement of knowledge of the epidemiological characteristics related to this epidemic episode”.

The update first concerns the very definition of probable case, which is now any person presenting with a skin rash, vesicular or vesicular-pustular, with a fever equal to or less than 38 degrees earlier. The ministry introduces other symptoms such as chicken pox, measles, shingles, rickettsiosis as well as any possible allergic reaction.

In addition, anyone is considered a likely case if they have contact with a confirmed case within 21 days of the onset of symptoms. Therefore, everyone is considered a likely case if they visit a country affected by smallpox and where human-to-human transmission occurs.

Where the doctor has noted the diagnosis, the contamination should be immediately reported to the provincial or prefectural health authority responsible for the health infrastructure. The competent health authority should declare the matter to the regional directorate, which takes care of validating it in consultation with the National Center for Public Health Emergency Operations (CNOUSP).

As soon as the case is confirmed, it is subject to a strict care protocol, the indication of hospitalization of probable or confirmed cases depends on the medical evaluation, we read on the document, which L’Opinion has copy is.

The document also provides for reserved treatment for patients. In addition to good hydration, the ministry recommends taking antipyretics or analgesics such as paracetamol or tramadol in addition to vitamin A supplements.

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