UPDATE | Monkeypox patient back in hospital isolation
The monkeypox patient who fled the May Pen Hospital in Clarendon early Saturday afternoon is back in isolation.
The institution's chief executive officer Eugena Clarke-James confirmed the development.
"He is back and he is safe," she said, declining to state where the man was picked up.
The man was found by a team of police and hospital officials.
Clarke-James said hospital officials are meeting to determine how to improve security to prevent a recurrence.
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.
“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 who was not authorised to speak on the matter.
“He is selfish and stay bad and he is inconsiderate,” added the official, fuming.
It's the first case of the contagious virus detected on the island.
Health and Wellness Minister Dr Christopher Tufton advised the country on July 6.
He said the man went to the public health system on July 5, having arrived on the island five days earlier from the United Kingdom.
Monkeypox is a viral disease that can be transmitted from person to person.
Symptoms 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
- Cecelia Campbell-Livingston
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