Health Ministry urges vigilance, as Monkeypox declared public health emergency of international concern

With the global outbreak of Monkeypox declared a public health emergency of international concern, Jamaicans are being urged to protect themselves from the disease.

The declaration, which is the highest the World Health Organization, WHO can issue, was made yesterday (July 23), amid an increase in cases.

More than 16,000 cases and 5 deaths, have been reported from 75 countries.

Jamaica confirmed its first case on July 6.

Symptoms of Monkeypox include fever, intense headache, swelling of the lymph nodes, and/or rash on the skin.

In a statement today (July 24), the Health Ministry says it has intensified surveillance for fever and rash.

Citizens are also being urged to remain vigilant, by practicing the infection prevention measures for Covid-19, which are effective in limiting spread of Monkeypox.

These measures include, frequent handwashing, mask-wearing and physical distancing.


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