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In a follow-up on the first monkeypox case reported in Jamaica recently, on Saturday, the patient escaped the May Pen Hospital in Clarendon.


The Health Ministry said the man jumped through a window at the hospital some time after noon and left in a waiting motorcar.

The patient reportedly said he wanted to “enjoy” his vacation in Jamaica.

Police found the man soon after–“He is back and he is safe,” chief executive officer of the May Pen Hospital, Eugena Clarke-James said, declining to state where the man was picked up.

Reports note the man could  face criminal charges for breaches of the Quarantine Act, which could include a fine and/or jail time.