Monday, 27 March 2023 16:02

Two More Monkeypox Cases confirmed in Jamaica

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Jamaica has confirmed two more cases of Mpox (Monkeypox). This bring the island’s total confirmed cases to 21.

The latest cases are from Kingston & St. Andrew (KSA) and are recorded as locally transmitted cases, with one noted as a contact of a previously confirmed case.
The patients are now in isolation at hospital and are in stable condition.

The KSA Health Department has commenced contact tracing associated with the cases.

As a reminder, the spread of Mpox may occur when a person comes into close contact with an infected individual. Person-to-person spread may occur through:
 direct contact with Mpox skin lesions or scabs, including:
o sexual contact
o 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 Mpox rash.

Symptoms of Mpox are usually mild to moderate and include fever, intense headache, swelling of the lymph nodes, back pain, muscle ache, and/or rash on
the skin.

Members of the public who experience these warning signs must immediately isolate and call ahead to their health centre or doctor before visiting.
For additional information on Mpox, members of the public can visit the Ministry’s website ( or contact their Parish Health Department.