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'Chikungunya here to stay'

Published:Wednesday | August 13, 2014 | 9:40 AM

The government’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr Kevin Harvey says the Chikungunya Virus is here to stay.

Harvey says since the virus has already been transmitted locally, it is almost impossible to eliminate the virus in the country.

Jamaica has confirmed four cases of the disease to date.

Two were locally transmitted.

Meanwhile, Harvey says the health ministry is verifying whether a suspected case at the University of the West Indies’ Mona Campus is indeed Chikungunya.

He says tests are currently being carried out and results are expected by the end of the week.

In an advisory to members of the university community yesterday, the UWI said it would begin fogging the Campus and surrounding areas.

It also urged residents to take steps to eliminate mosquito breeding sites.

Symptoms of chikungunya fever include high fever, joint pain mainly in the hands, wrists and ankles, headache, muscle pain and a rash.

Although it does not often result in death, joint pains and stiffness can last for months and even years.

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