No changes to CNMI entry protocols


The Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. says there are no changes to entry protocols from inbound passengers from Guam following the first official Monkeypox positive case discovered in the U.S. territory over the weekend. 

According to CHCC spokesperson Guillermo Lifoifoi, no changes have been made as of late to entry protocols for passengers arriving from Guam as a result of U.S. territory identifying its first Monkeypox case. 

Meanwhile, in a statement from CHCC CEO Esther Muña, CHCC remains alert and continues to monitor the development of Monkeypox in the CNMI. 

“CHCC remains alert and is actively monitoring the situation in the CNMl. There are no current, suspected cases of Monkeypox,” she said.

In addition, Muña encourages those who may be concerned about an active rash and fear it could be Monkeypox, to isolate themselves and to contact CHCC to confirm whether or not the rash is indeed from Monkeypox. 

“If you have an active rash or other symptoms, isolate at home away from people or pets you live with, when possible. Confirm your diagnoses by calling the CHCC at (670) 234-8950 before you visit,” she said.

Symptoms of monkeypox include a rash that can look like pimples or blisters that appear on the face, inside the mouth, and on other parts of the body, such as the hands, feet, chest, genitals or anus.

Other symptoms may include fever, chills, headache, muscle ache, backache and swollen lymph nodes.

The illness typically lasts two to four weeks. Sometimes people get a rash first, followed by other symptoms. Others only experience a rash.

Guam reported its first Monkeypox case last Monday, a traveler who arrived on Guam Saturday. However, the case was only confirmed last Sunday by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

According to international media outlets, Monkeypox cases in the U.S. have surpassed 20,700 putting us at the top of the list for the most reported infections reported in a country.

Currently, the highest number of cases were reported from California, Texas, Florida, Georgia, Illinois and New York, according to data from the CDC.

Kimberly Bautista Esmores | Reporter
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