Jamaica’s Minister of Health and Wellness, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton announced the first confirmed monkeypox case on the island Wednesday during a virtual press conference.
Tufton said the male patient who recently travelled from the United Kingdom is in isolation and is being treated.
“He presented to the public health system on July 5, having arrived on the island some five days earlier,” he said.
Dr. Tufton said the confirmation of the virus locally is not reason for Jamaicans to panic or become fearful.
“Given what has transpired globally… up to this point, discovery of one case doesn’t make or create a crisis. It certainly creates concerns and, indeed, we did expect, that is the health authorities, that… given the presence of the monkeypox disease on the global landscape, given the openness of our country – we travel a lot for business or otherwise – that there was always the possibility of a case turning up here; a case or two.
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