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Ministry gets test results on severe dengue cases

Published:Monday | February 29, 2016 | 2:48 PM

The health ministry says tests have returned negative results 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. 

He explains that the dengue hemorrhagic fever is the more fatal aspect of the mosquito-borne virus. 

The World Health Organisation (WHO) says 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 patient's body fluid volume be maintained. 

Jamaica has been reporting increased cases of the dengue, 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 H1N1 or the Swine Flu.