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Health Ministry continues Chikungunya fight, 24 cases confirmed

Published:Saturday | September 6, 2014 | 9:15 AM
Dr Marion Bullock DuCasse. - File

The Ministry of Health has confirmed three more cases of chikungunya, bringing the total number to 24.



The Ministry notes that Jamaica has so far been one of the Caribbean countries least impacted by Chikungunya in terms of the number of confirmed locally transmitted and imported cases.



However, it says Jamaicans still need to be vigilant in searching for and destroying mosquito breeding sites to reduce the spread of the disease.



Director of Emergency, Disaster Management and Special Services, Dr Marion Bullock DuCasse says the Ministry will continue its strategies to reduce the spread of the disease.



Symptoms of chikungunya fever include high fever, joint pain mainly in the hands, wrists and ankles and other joints, headache, muscle pain and a rash.



Infants and the elderly are at greater risk for more severe symptoms.



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