As the monkeypox outbreak continues, there are varying trends around the world. Some countries report a decline in cases whilst in other countries cases are increasing. In total five monkeypox deaths have been reported so far, all of which were in Africa. In the previous reporting week, there have been six new countries to report their first case of monkeypox.
The most affected region is the European Region, which reported a total of 9,276 laboratory confirmed cases (data as of 20th June). Cases in the European Region have most often been males aged 31-40 years old.
WHO will convene a second meeting this week to review whether the monkeypox outbreak constitutes a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC).
No monkeypox cases have been detected in Cayman Islands, although cases has been reported in the Caribbean region.
The Cayman Islands has the capacity to diagnose monkeypox at the Cayman Molecular laboratory.
There are individuals who following a COVID-19 infection experience persistent symptoms or effects from their infection. Common symptoms include fatigue, muscle pain and difficulty breathing as well as others effects including problems with memory and concentration (‘brain fog’) or joint pain. There is no universally agreed definition of Long Covid, however the World Health Organization define it as symptoms that are present from the onset of COVID-19 and still present at least 3 months post infection which are not explained by an alternative diagnosis. Other countries have also adopted the 3-month threshold to diagnose Long Covid in an individual.
WHO estimates that 10%-20% of COVID-19 cases experience either mid or long-term effects following a COVID-19 infection. WHO reports that current evidence does not suggest that having a more severe initial COVID-19 infection is associated with a higher likelihood of experiencing Long Covid.
For those with Long Covid, holistic care is recommended, including rehabilitation.
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