A traveler that connected used the Turks and Caicos Islands to connect to another country was confirmed to have the dreaded Monkeypox, the Health Ministry said late on Tuesday.
The individual connected through the Turks and Caicos Islands on August 5, and the Health Department did not release the gender of the infected traveler.
A shared screenshot of a news release on late Tuesday afternoon began to make the rounds on social media. Members of the media was initially hesitant of reporting on the story for concern the purported news release might have been the work of a fabricator. And so, when contacted, the Ministry of Health confirmed the report.
“The Ministry of Health and Human Services received notification from the International Health Regulations (IHR) of a confirmed case of Monkeypox that transited through the Providenciales International Airport on August 5, 2022,” the report opened by saying, staying that the wait between arrival and the departure for the infection persons was a short one.
“The individual departed the Turks and Caicos within hours of arriving. Further investigation is underway,” the Ministry of Health release further stated.
It added: “The Ministry of Health and Human Services would like to remind the public to take all necessary measures to prevent contracting Monkeypox, especially if travelling.
“Further information on Monkeypox can be found on the Ministry of Health’s website: www.gov.tc/moh and on the Health Promotion and Advocacy Unit Facebook page:https://www.facebook.com/tcihealthpromotions”