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Health Ministry says tests return negative for two suspected cases of severe dengue

Published:Monday | February 29, 2016 | 6:36 PM
Jamaica has been reporting increased cases of the dengue virus, which is spread by the Aedes aegypti mosquito, the same one that spreads ZIKV.

The Health Ministry says laboratory tests have returned negative for two suspected cases of the dengue hemorrhagic fever or severe dengue. 

Acting chief medical officer in the health ministry, Dr Winston De La Haye says the results were received over the weekend. 

The dengue hemorrhagic fever is the more fatal aspect of the mosquito-borne virus. 

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), severe dengue is a potentially deadly complication due to plasma leakage, fluid accumulation, respiratory distress, severe bleeding, or organ impairment.

The WHO says warning signs occur three to seven days after the first symptoms in conjunction with a decrease in temperature below 38-degrees Celsius.

The symptoms include severe abdominal pain, persistent vomiting, rapid breathing, bleeding gums, fatigue, restlessness and blood in vomit. 

There is no specific treatment or vaccine for dengue fever.

Medical practitioners generally advise that the patient's body fluid volume be maintained. 

Jamaica has been reporting increased cases of the dengue virus, which is spread by the Aedes aegypti mosquito, the same one that spreads ZIKV. 

The health ministry says a high alert remains for dengue and the H1N1 virus commonly called the Swine Flu.