Monkeypox Patient Leaves Hospital to Enjoy Jamaican Holiday


Who wouldn’t want to enjoy the blue waters and sandy beaches that Jamaica has to offer? Well, when a virus is going around and you’re trapped in the hospital with it, maybe it’s best not to leave.

A man flew into Jamaica from the United Kingdom at the end of June 2022 and entered the public health system five days later. He was admitted to May Pen Hospital in Clarendon but fled after claiming he wanted to “enjoy” his vacation in Jamaica.

“He said that he is not going to spend so much money to come here and not enjoy himself and he told them (other patients) that by 10 a.m. he was gonna leave the hospital and he has already called his ride,” said a healthcare worker at the hospital.

The Health Ministry confirmed that the man jumped through a window at the hospital shortly after noon and left in a waiting motorcar. As of now, it’s the first case of the contagious virus detected on the island.

Monkeypox is a viral disease that can be transmitted from person to person. Authorities are warning the public to be on the lookout for the man and to call the police or the health authority if spotted.

Symptoms of Monkeypox can include fever, intense headache, swelling of the lymph nodes, back pain, muscle ache, lack of energy, and/or rash. The incubation period is between five and 21 days. Sounds quite similar to another virus we’ve come to know over the last few years.


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