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Dengue death - Eight-year-old succumbs to deadly virus

Published:Thursday | January 11, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Health authorities in the Corporate Area are now probing the death of an eight-year-old boy who was diagnosed with dengue haemorrhagic fever.

Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton yesterday confirmed the incident, which occurred at the Bustamante Hospital for Children on Tuesday, but the details were not available up to press time.

"This type of dengue carries a high risk of mortality. Appropriate notification has been done, and the Kingston and St Andrew health team is out conducting its surveillance," said Tufton.

He noted that dengue haemorrhagic fever is a class one disease, and a report must be submitted to the health ministry within 24 hours.

The name of the child is being withheld as some family members had not been notified up to late yesterday.

Dengue, primarily transmitted by the Aedes aegypti mosquito, sickens 50 to 100 million people a year, according to the World Health Organization.

Although the mortality rate for dengue fever is lower than some other viruses, at 2.5 per cent, the virus can cause an Ebola-like disease called dengue haemorrhagic fever, and that condition has a mortality rate of 20 per cent if left untreated.

arthur.hall@gleanerjm.com