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Chik-V & Me - Will chikungunya become a permanent part of Jamaica?

Published:Tuesday | November 11, 2014 | 12:00 AM
  • Will chikungunya become a permanent part of Jamaica?

The sad answer is yes. The virus is transmitted through a mosquito called Aedes aegypti. This mosquito is here in Jamaica. Its behaviour will result in the spread of the disease unless we are able to eradicate it. Based on the experience of other countries, it is expected that not all individuals will become infected during this outbreak. Those persons not infected during this outbreak are susceptible to the infection in future outbreaks.

  • Has Jamaica peaked with chik-V outbreak?

In any outbreak,
the expectation is that you will get lots of new cases initially because
the number of persons who can become infected is large. As time passes
and more persons become infected, you will reach a point when the number
of new cases per period reaches a maximum and then starts to fall. The
maximum is called the peak. The infection in Jamaica started in the
eastern side of the island and is spreading westward. Thus the number
of new cases for the country is still increasing. Thus, we have not yet
reached the peak.

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