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Monkeypox in Jamaica

July 6, 2022 | By Colin O. Jarrett |

The Ministry of Health and Wellness in Jamaica is confirming its first case of monkeypox.  The patient is a male who travelled from the United Kingdom.

Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton; who made the announcement at a press conference Wednesday said the man presented to a health facility on July 5, having arrived in the island five days earlier.

The patient has been isolated and his close contacts quarantined following contact tracing.

The emergency operation centre has been activated and a review of all isolation centres is to be done to look at the capacity to manage both monkeypox and COVID-19 cases.

Symptoms are usually mild to moderate and consist of fever, intense headache, swelling of the lymph nodes, back pain, muscle aches, general lack of energy or a rash.

The incubation period ranges from 5-21 days.

Monkeypox is now present in over 50 countries.

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