The Ministry of Health and Wellness says there’s currently no case of monkeypox in Jamaica.

The virus, which is similar to smallpox, has been detected in parts of Europe, the US, Canada and Australia.

The World Health Organisation, WHO, has reported that the current outbreak is spreading primarily through sexual contact.

It can also be transmitted by contact and droplet exposure.

Health officials are ramping up surveillance at the country’s borders due to mounting fears of a possible arrival of monkeypox in Jamaica.

The Health Ministry says present COVID-19 measures will reduce the likelihood of transmission of the virus if it’s detected.

Most cases are linked to persons who recently travelled to countries where monkeypox is endemic, mainly in the region of West Africa.

Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Jacquiline Bisasor McKenzie, says persons who’ve recently travelled or had close contact with persons who travelled within the preceding three weeks must report to the health department if fever and rash occur.

She’s also urging healthcare workers to have a heightened sense of awareness of the illness and report suspected cases to the health department.

Today, Director of Family Health Services, Dr. Melody Ennis, said existing partnerships with the Ministries of National Security and Foreign Affairs, as well as the Passport Immigration and Citizenship Agency, PICA, have been activated.