Jamaica has recorded its fourth case of Monkeypox in the country.
The patient is currently isolated at home and the parish health department has commenced its contact tracing.
This new case has been classified as locally acquired, meaning the patient has had no recent travel history and was not in contact with the three previously announced cases.
The Ministry of Health & Wellness will issue a routine weekly update on the state of Monkeypox in the country on Mondays via its website and social media platforms.
Jamaicans are being urged to remain vigilant by heightening their adherence to the infection prevention measures for COVID-19, which are also effective in limiting the spread of Monkeypox.
These are frequent handwashing/sanitisation, mask-wearing and physical distancing.
Jamaicans are also encouraged to practice safer sex behaviours.
The spread of Monkeypox may occur when a person comes into close contact with an infected individual.
Person-to-person spread may occur through:
- direct contact with Monkeypox skin lesions or scabs, including: sexual contact or close personal contact
- contact with 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 a rash on the skin.
Anyone who experiences these warning signs must immediately isolate and call their health centre or doctor before visiting.
For additional information on Monkeypox, visit the Health Ministry’s website or contact your Parish Health Department.