Ministry announces national response plan

The Ministry of Health has announced the establishment of a national surveillance and response plan to the emergence of cases of Monkeypox, to prevent its spread in Morocco. The plan explains what to do in case of contact or infection and how to recognize monkeypox.

To date, more than 80 cases of Monkeypox, or monkey pox, have been reported worldwide, particularly in the United States, Canada, France, Italy, Spain, and even the United Kingdom. As international travel resumes, the Department of Epidemiology and Disease Control at the Ministry of Health has put in place a plan to avoid an epidemic in Morocco.

The document of which MoroccoLatestNews FR holds a copy explains that any suspected or probable case must be immediately declared by the attending physician to the provincial or prefectural health authority responsible for the health structure, where the doctor mentioned the diagnosis.

The cases considered to be suspicious are people with a skin rash, vesicular or vesiculopustular, with fever higher than 38°C, or any person with involvement of the palms of the hands and/or soles of the feet, or with the presence of lymphadenopathy ( red and painful glands)

Contact cases are also affected, and therefore anyone who has had contact with a confirmed case in the 21 days preceding the onset of symptoms is considered a suspected case.

Anyone who has had direct, unprotected physical contact with damaged skin or biological fluids of a probable or confirmed symptomatic case, regardless of the circumstances, including in healthcare settings, or sharing toilet utensils, or contact with textiles (clothing, bath linen, bedding) or dishes, is a case considered to be at risk.

Anyone who has had unprotected contact within 2 meters for 3 hours with a probable or confirmed symptomatic case (e.g. close or intimate friend, transport environment, office colleagues, sports club, etc.) is a case to risk

In addition, any person who, in the 21 days preceding the onset of symptoms, has traveled to a country where the disease is endemic or a country which has recorded a chain of transmission since the beginning of May 2022, i.e. currently the countries in Central and West Africa, Europe and North America is a suspected case of being infected with Monkeypox.

Regarding the course of action, medical consultation is important in this case. The doctor proceeds to an interrogation and thorough clinical examination to possibly reclassify the case as probable.

Infected people are placed in self-isolation at home for three weeks, with strict observance of hygiene measures, with twice-daily temperature checks by a provincial/prefectural Rapid Intervention team (EIR) who should set up regular telephone follow-up to check that there are no symptoms of the disease.

In the event of a fever or rash, a contact person should not go to a health facility, but their care will be organized by the EIR, the document indicates.

Confirmed cases should follow symptomatic treatment in case of mild symptoms and if hospitalization is indicated (severe case), the patient should be isolated in a dedicated room for 3 weeks.

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