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Contact tracing ongoing in St. James for fourth monkeypox case

Health officials are now conducting contact tracing in sections of St. James after the second locally transmitted case of monkeypox was recorded in the parish.

Jamaica has now recorded four confirmed cases of monkeypox.

Two of the cases were detected in Clarendon.

The Ministry of Health & Wellness says the patient is currently isolated at home and the parish health department has commenced its contact tracing. 

In a release on Wednesday, the ministry said the patient has no recent travel history and was not in contact with the three previously announced cases.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Health says it will issue a routine weekly update on the state of monkeypox in the country on Mondays via its website and social media platforms. 

The ministry says other modes of communication will also be utilised as necessary, to complement the public education campaign and community engagement activities.