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Eleven Morant Bay High teachers out of school with flu-like symptoms

Published:Monday | September 8, 2014 | 8:19 PM

Jovan Johnson, Gleaner Writer

The Education Ministry is confirming that 11 teachers of the Morant Bay High School in St. Thomas are out of school because of 'flu-like symptoms'.

Director of Corporate Communication in the Ministry, Byron Buckley, says the school administrationhas called in the St Thomas Public Health Department.

He says the principal has assured that the school's activities are not being affected by the absence of the teachers.

The teachers have been falling ill since the opening of schools last week.

The news of the affected teachers comes amid claims from Jamaica Labour Party caretaker for Eastern St Thomas, Delano Seiveright, that cases of the mosquito-transmitted virus Chikungunya are being underreported.

The Health Ministry says symptoms of Chikungunya are similar to other diseases like influeza and dengue which are also now circulating.

In the meantime, Head of Emergency Services in the Health Ministry, Dr. Marion Bullock DuCasse says there are 85 suspected cases of Chikungunya.

However only 24 cases have been confirmed in the parishes of St Thomas, St Catherine, St Ann, Kingston and St Andrew.

She says 15 samples are awaiting testing and up to August 23, there were 160 suspected cases of dengue fever with 13 confirmed by laboratory tests.

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