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SRHA ramping up efforts to control spread of monkeypox

Chairman of the Southern Regional Health Authority (SRHA), Wayne Chen, says about 20 persons have been placed in home quarantine in Central Jamaica as the authorities try to control the spread of the monkeypox virus.

Two of the first confirmed cases of monkeypox were recorded in Clarendon.

One of the patients was recently released from isolation.

In an interview with Radio Jamaica News, Mr. Chen said health teams in the region have intensified contact tracing in a bid to detect whether there are any new cases in the Southern region.

The Ministry of Health announced the third case of monkeypox last week.

The Health Ministry said the latest case is the first locally transmitted case of monkeypox as the patient had no recent travel history and has not been linked to the two previously announced cases.

The patient is now in isolation at home and remains in stable condition.

The Ministry says the case is being investigated and contact tracing has begun.