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Two more cases of Chikungunya confirmed

Published:Saturday | August 16, 2014 | 9:08 AM

The Ministry of Health has confirmed two additional locally transmitted cases of Chikungunya.

This brings the total number of confirmed cases for Jamaica to 10.

Eight of the cases occurred from local transmission and two were contracted overseas.

Director of Emergency, Disaster Management and Special Services, Dr Marion Bullock DuCasse says the positive results were received yesterday from samples sent to the Caribbean Public Health Agency.

The two new cases include a previously suspected case at the University of the West Indies earlier this week.

The Ministry of Health is urging householders, school administrators, business proprietors and members of places of worship to spend at least 10 minutes per week to search for and destroy mosquito breeding sites.

Chikungunya is spread by the bite of an infected Aedes aegypti mosquito which is generally found in and around places where people inhabit.

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