Urgent monkeypox vaccine for health personnel

The Virology Laboratory of the University of El Salvador (UES) recommended to the Ministry of Health that doctors, nurses and other health system workers who will be exposed to monkeypox be vaccinated.

Carlos Ortega, representative of the UES laboratory, asked that health personnel and individuals at risk be prioritized; that is, to relatives of people who have tested positive for the virus, and to those who care for patients and process laboratory samples, as recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO).

“As a virology laboratory, we recommend that from the one who is going to take the sample, the one who is going to treat the patients, the one who is going to transfer it to the laboratory, the one who is going to process it, because they are not only doctors and nurses, they should access to vaccines. The question is whether we have the vaccine,” he said.

The Minister of Health, Francisco Alabi, reported last week that the vaccine for this virus will not be applied to the entire population, but “will be administered to the person who develops the disease, after the first four days of infection.”

In this regard, the infectologist Jorge Panameño affirmed that this measure was taken based on a single study that showed improvements in infected patients after applying the vaccine, but indicated that there are other aspects to take into account, such as prevention and control of contagion.

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