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Visitors without Yellow Fever vaccination proof released from airport detention

Published:Thursday | May 19, 2016 | 10:48 AM
The Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay, St James.

Six Chinese nationals who were detained by public health officials yesterday at the Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay, St James have been released.

According to reports, the persons were not showing any signs of illness.

However, Chief Medical Officer in the Ministry of Health, Dr Winston De La Haye says they were detained because they could not show proof that they had been vaccinated against Yellow Fever.

There has been a recent a rise in yellow fever cases in some parts of Africa and continued risk in some South and Central American countries and sections of China.


Chief medical Officer, Dr. Winston De La Haye

He says the Chinese nationals were released after further checks found that they had not travelled to affected areas. 

De La Haye also says Jamaicans who have travelled to affected countries will be quarantined for ten days if they can’t provide proof of vaccination.

According to the Chief Medical Officer, these are preventative measures aimed at ensuring Yellow Fever does not enter the island.

Yellow fever is an acute illness caused by the Yellow Fever virus which is found in the tropics of South America and Africa.

Yellow Fever facts

The virus is transmitted by the bite of an infected Aedes aegypti mosquito, the same vector that transmits the chikungunya, dengue and Zika viruses.

Yellow fever symptoms may be mild and go unnoticed, or may be severe and affect many organ systems.

It begins with fever, chills, headache, backache, general muscle pain, upset stomach, and vomiting.

In severe cases, persons may experience weakness, jaundice, bleeding of the gums, vomiting blood and blood in the urine.