The patient who is Jamaica’s first confirmed case of the monkey pox virus who absconded the May Pen Hospital earlier today has reportedly been found.
According to news sources, a family member made contact with police officers in the parish, which consequently led to him being brought back to the medical facility from his home address.
He is now again isolated for treatment.
The patient is reportedly on vacation and is a citizen of Jamaica who also has residency status in the United Kingdom (UK). Unconfirmed sources revealed that he had indicated to other patients that he plans to leave because he spent too much money to not enjoy his vacation on the island.
In a press release today, the Ministry of Health and Wellness confirmed that he escaped through a hospital bathroom window and left in a car that was waiting.
Some of the symptoms of the monkeypox virus may include fever, intense headache, muscle aches and/or rash on the skin. The Health Ministry advises that persons immediately isolate themselves and call ahead to their health centre or doctor before visiting. Persons should also wear a mask, frequently wash hands and practice physical distancing to control the spread of the infection.