IMF/World Bank forum attendees asked to monitor symptoms as participant contracts chickenpox

IMF/World Bank forum attendees asked to monitor symptoms as participant contracts chickenpox
October 26
13:20 2019

A participant at the International Monetary Fund/World Bank annual meetings held in Washington DC, US, has been diagnosed of chickenpox.

In a statement on Friday, Jianhai Lin, IMF secretary, said the development was confirmed in a letter from the Washington DC department of health.

However, the participant’s name was not mentioned.

Nigerian officials, led by Zainab Ahmed, minister of finance, were among the participants at the meetings which were held between October 14 and 20.

“The IMF and World Bank Group have been informed by the Washington, D.C., Department of Health that a participant at the recent Annual Meetings has been diagnosed with chickenpox,” Lin said.

“We are sharing with you a letter from the DC Department of Health, along with a Fact Sheet on chickenpox and guidance on how to protect yourself against infection.”

The letter from the Washington health department indicated that the incubation period of chickenpox is between 14 and 16 days from the time of exposure, but can be as long as 21 days.

“For your exposure, this time period will end on Sunday, Nov. 10, 2019,” the letter read.

“The individual has indicated attendance of meetings only at IMF Headquarters 1 Building (HQ1) located at 720 19th Street NW Washington, DC 20431 on Oct. 17 to 19.”

The department advised attendees who were in the building between October 17 and 19 to monitor themselves for symptoms and contact healthcare providers with any concerns.

Chickenpox is a highly contagious disease caused by the varicella-zoster virus.

This virus spreads from person-to-person by direct contact or through the air from an infected person’s coughing or sneezing.

A person with chickenpox is generally contagious one to two days before the rash appears and until all the blisters have formed scabs, according to the health department.


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