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Malaria warning as two cases reported since start of year

Published:Monday | January 9, 2017 | 1:00 AM

The Ministry of Health has confirmed two imported cases of malaria since the start of the year.

The first confirmed case was reported by the National Public Health Laboratory (NPHL) on January 5, involving a Jamaican national who was residing in Ghana and returned to Jamaica last November.

The second reported case, recorded January 6, is related to a male Indian national who arrived in Jamaica in March 2016.

Investigation into both cases began upon confirmation and the patients were admitted to hospital.

Malaria-prevention medications are available in Jamaica. You should start taking antimalarial drugs before you travel, take them during your travels, and continue to take them for up to one month after your return.

The Ministry of Health is urging Jamaicans to be cautious when travelling to malaria-affected regions. Persons should contact their physician or local health centre before travelling to malaria-endemic areas.

Also, if persons develop any of the symptoms listed below upon returning from these affected territories, seek medical treatment.

Symptoms include fever, chills, headache, sweats, fatigue, nausea, and vomiting.