Jamaica confirms second case of Monkeypox

Jamaica has confirmed it’s second case of Monkeypox.

The Health Ministry made the revelation in a statement, on Sunday afternoon.

The patient is a male traveler who recently returned to the island from New York, in the United States of America.

The ministry did not reveal what parish the patient is in, but said he is isolated in stable condition.

The case is being investigated and contact tracing has begun.

Jamaica recorded it’s first case of Monkeypox on July 6.

The case was also imported, with the patient travelling to the island from the united kingdom.

The confirmation of the second case follows, the World Health Organisation’s announcement on Saturday, that the Monkeypox outbreak has been declared a global health emergency of international concern.

In light of the two cases, citizens are being urged to remain vigilant, by practicing the infection prevention measures for Covid-19, which the ministry said, are effective in limiting spread of Monkeypox.

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

Spread of Monkeypox may occur when a person comes into close contact with an infected animal or individual.

Person-to-person spread may occur through direct contact with Monkeypox skin lesions or scabs; 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.

The ministry said persons who experience these symptoms must immediately isolate and call ahead to their health centre or doctor before visiting.


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