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No confirmed case of cholera in Jamaica – Health Ministry

Published:Tuesday | June 20, 2017 | 3:48 PM
Minister of Health Dr Christopher Tufton. – File Photo

The Ministry of Health says there is no confirmed case of cholera in Jamaica.

In a release the Health Ministry says on June 9, it was notified of a patient with abdominal pain and fever.  

It says routine investigations identified a bacteria in the patient’s blood which is not consistent with the severe diarrhoeal illness known as cholera.

The Ministry of Health says since the reintroduction of cholera in the region in 2010 it has heightened its surveillance of the disease, and continues to bolster its health services to identify suspected cases and mitigate any potential effects on the population.

The last known case of cholera in Jamaica occurred 150 years ago.