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Clarendon cautioned for a possible re-emergence of chic-V

Published:Friday | May 15, 2015 | 6:10 PM

A senior Clarendon health official is cautioning people to be on the lookout for a possible re-emergence of the Chikungunya virus later this year.

The Medical Officer of Health for Clarendon, Dr. Vitillius Reid-Holder, says the virus could resurface sometime during the months of August and September.

According to Reid-Holder, there are some diseases like dengue fever and leptospirosis which are seasonal to Jamaica.

She says there tends to be increases in these cases during the rainy months of August and September and there is a possibility that the same thing may happen with chic-V in light of trends with the disease.

Jamaica experienced an outbreak of the virus last year.

Like dengue, the Chikungunya virus is spread by an infected aedes aegypti mosquito.

Symptoms of the chikungunya virus include high fever, headache, muscle pain, joint pain and a rash.

Reid-Holder says if chic-V resurfaces, it will do so in smaller numbers given that the virus has already been in circulation and some people may have developed immunity.

Nevertheless she is appealing to residents to protect themselves.

The doctor has also called for the authorities to take the necessary preparatory steps.