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Another case of monkeypox confirmed in Jamaica

The Department of Health and Wellness reports that a second case of monkeypox has been confirmed in Jamaica.

This is while the World Health Organization declared on Friday that monkeypox is a global pandemic

The ministry said in a statement: “This is another imported case of a male traveler who recently returned to the island from New York (in the United States). The patient is now in isolation and in stable condition. The case is being investigated and contact tracing has begun.”

Meanwhile, the ministry said Jamaicans are again urged to remain vigilant by increasing their commitment to infection prevention measures for COVID-19, which are effective in reducing the spread of monkeypox. Measures were included as frequent hand washing/sanitizing, wearing of masks and physical distancing.

The ministry further said that the spread of monkeypox may occur when a person is in close contact with an infected animal or individual.

She explained that person-to-person spread may occur through:

• Direct contact with the lesions or skin crusts of monkeypox.

• Contaminated personal items, such as clothing, bed linen or towels used by an infected person. And the

• Respiratory droplets by coughing or sneezing of a person with a rash of monkeypox.

Health authorities said monkeypox symptoms are usually mild to moderate, and include fever, severe headache, swollen lymph nodes, back pain, muscle aches and/or a rash on the skin.

Members of the public experiencing these warning signs are advised to isolate immediately and contact the health center or doctor prior to the visit.

For additional information on monkeypox, members of the public can visit the Ministry of Health website (www.moh.gov.jm) or contact the diocese’s health department.

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