(CMR) Jamaica has confirmed its first locally transmitted case of monkeypox. This is the third case of monkeypox confirmed on the island. Jamaica's first local case comes a day after the US declared monkeypox a public health emergency.
Health and Wellness Minister Dr. Christopher Tufton said the case was confirmed on Friday and was apparently contracted from someone locally.
“It, in essence, changes the complexion of the challenge that we face. In this third case, the individual is being quarantined at home because their facility does allow for it, and if the person is cooperative, this is what we will do with the cases,” he said.
According to the Jamaica Observer, Tufton said the health ministry's technical team was having dialogue on the matter of local transmission of the disease, which he said was anticipated.
“They are meeting. They are looking at their consulting, including with our bilateral and multilateral partners… looking at their protocols which we have put out already… having a discussion with the medical teams in the respective parishes, and reviewing how we address concerns around public information, how we address concerns around vaccines, how we address concerns around the contact tracing and quarantining if necessary,” he stated.