Second Monkeypox Case Confirmed In Jamaica

A second case of the viral disease – monkeypox has been confirmed today in Jamaica by the Ministry of Health and Wellness (MoHW).

According to a press release, the MoHW advised that it is another imported case from a male traveller who recently returned to the island from New York, USA. It further stated that the patient is isolated in stable condition and an investigation has commenced including contact tracing.

Similarly, earlier this month, Minister Tufton confirmed the first monkeypox case on the island to be from a man who returned from the United Kingdom (UK). He is reportedly isolated at the May Pen Hospital and undergoing treatment.

Monkeypox is a viral disease that is a member of the Orthopoxvirus genus in the family Poxviridaee. Some of the symptoms of the monkeypox virus may include fever, intense headache, muscle aches and/or rash on the skin.

The Ministry urges that persons immediately isolate themselves and call ahead to their health centre or doctor before visiting if they experience any of the warning signs. Persons should also wear a mask, frequently wash hands and practice physical distancing to control the spread of the infection.

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