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Education, health officials to hold Chikungunya talks today

Published:Tuesday | August 19, 2014 | 9:31 AM

Representatives of the Health and Education ministries are to meet today to develop strategies to prevent a possible spread of the Chikungunya virus in schools.

Students are expected to return to school in another two weeks and there increasing concern that they will be further exposed to the mosquito-transmitted virus.

Education Minister, Ronald Thwaites, says today’s meeting aims to facilitate discussions on how best to deal with this situation.

He says all matters, including information available at medical facilities that have dealt with Chikungunya cases, will be taken into consideration during the meeting.

The Health Ministry has confirmed ten cases of the Chikungunya virus in Jamaica.

Of this number, two were imported and eight transmitted locally.

Chikungunya is contracted when an individual is bitten by an infected Aedes Egypti mosquito.

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