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Four more locally-transmitted Chikungunya cases confirmed

Published:Wednesday | August 13, 2014 | 4:55 PM

The Health Ministry has confirmed four more locally-transmitted cases of the Chikungunya virus.



This makes eight, the number of cases recorded in Jamaica.



The first two cases involved individuals who had traveled to an affected country while the other six cases were locally-transmitted.



In the meantime, the Health Ministry is awaiting confirmation on a suspected case at the University of the West Indies, Mona.



The affected parishes are St Thomas, St Catherine, St Ann and Kingston and St Andrew.



Dr Marion Bullock-DuCasse, the director of emergency, disaster management and special services, said the four latest positive results were received today from samples sent to the Caribbean Public Health Agency.



"The Ministry will continue with its public education and intense vector control activities including fogging of the surrounding areas and communities in which the affected persons reside," DuCasse said.



DuCasse also said although there is now local transmission of Chikungunya, there are things that individuals can do to significantly reduce the spread of the disease by limiting opportunities for the Aedes aegypti mosquito to breed.



The mosquito is domesticated and breeds in containers in and around homes, schools, business places and other areas where people generally gather.



The Pan American Health Organization has reported that as of August 1, 34 countries and territories in the Americas reported that they have local transmission of Chikungunya and 23 with imported cases.



There have been a total of 508,122 suspected cases reported and 4,736 confirmed as being locally transmitted.



There have been 32 deaths.



IMPORTANT TIPS



*Search for and destroy mosquito breeding sites like old tyres and containers



*Punch holes in tins before disposing



*Cover large drums, barrels and tanks holding water.



For more information persons may contact the Ministry’s Emergency Operations Centre at 1-888-663-5683 or 1-888-ONE-LOVE.



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