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

The virus has now been detected in parts of Europe, the US, Canada and Australia.

Director of Family Health Services, Dr. Melody Ennis, says the surveillance systems at the air and seaports are active.

The Director says existing partnerships with the Ministries of National Security and Foreign Affairs, as well as the Passport Immigration and Citizenship Agency, PICA, has been activated.

Dr. Ennis says persons should be on alert for a high fever, a rash and swollen lymph nodes.

She says the virus is spread by contact with bodily fluids of an infected person.

Dr. Ennis notes that most persons will recover from the virus, but children and immuno-compromised persons are at particular risk.

She’s cautioning against reliance on the idea that the small pox vaccine offers protection against monkeypox.

Dr. Melody Ennis, Director of Family Health Services.