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Source of mystery illness which sickened 80 soldiers yet to be identified

Published:Tuesday | January 10, 2017 | 9:19 AM
De La Haye

The Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr Winston De La Haye says its unlikely that health officials will be able yet to determine in the environment that caused the influenza-type respiratory infection which sickened 80 Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) late last year.

The Pan American Health Organization was called in to assess the exact cause of the respiratory infection and samples have since been sent to the US Centers for Disease Control.

However, Dr De La Haye, told The Gleaner/Power 106 News Centre last night that the cause is yet to be determined.


Chief medical Officer Dr. Winston De La Haye

When the mystery illness struck, six recruits were admitted to medical wards at hospital, 17 in the emergency room and 57 isolated at JDF facilities.

De La Haye says only one recruit remains in a local hospital.

He says another recruit who was transferred to a Florida-based institution is recovering well but is still being monitored.

De La Haye says all new JDF recruits are being given flu vaccines as a precautionary measure.