Jamaica has confirmed its first locally transmitted case of the monkeypox virus.

The disclosure was made today by Health and Wellness Minister, Dr. Christopher Tufton, following a ceremony to mark the resumption of construction work on the Western Children & Adolescents Hospital in St James.

This brings to three, the number of confirmed monkeypox cases in Jamaica.

Dr. Tufton says the individual has no travel history, and is being quarantined at home.

Dr Tufton says local transmission was anticipated.

The first two cases of imported monkeypox patients travelled from the United Kingdom and from New York in the United States.

The health and wellness minister adds that there’s concern about the rising cases of the virus.

These concerns he says will influence the planning going forward.

Health and wellness minister, Dr. Christopher Tufton.