Jamaica confirms first local monkeypox case


The first locally acquired monkeypox case has been confirmed in Jamaica.


This brings to three, the number of monkeypox cases recorded on the island.


The health ministry explains that the patient had no recent travel history and has not been linked to the two previous cases.


The patient is in isolation at home and remains in stable condition.


The case is being investigated and contact tracing has begun.


The health ministry is urging Jamaicans, especially during this festive season, to remain vigilant by heightening their adherence to the infection prevention measures for covid-19 which are also effective in limiting the spread of monkeypox, notably, frequent handwashing/sanitization, mask-wearing, and physical distancing.


Additionally, Jamaicans are encouraged to practice safer sex behaviors.


The spread of monkeypox may occur when a person comes into close contact with an infected individual.


Person-to-person spread may occur through, direct contact with monkeypox skin lesions or scabs, including -sexual contact or close personal contact, contact with contaminated personal items such as clothing, bed linen, or towels used by an infected person; and respiratory droplets by way of coughing or sneezing of an individual with a monkeypox rash.


Symptoms of monkeypox are usually mild to moderate and include fever, intense headache, swelling of the lymph nodes, back pain, muscle ache, and/or rash on the skin.


Members of the public who experience these warning signs must immediately isolate and call ahead to their health centre or doctor before visiting.


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