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Two more schools report cases of flu-like symptoms - Education Ministry

Published:Thursday | September 11, 2014 | 12:42 PM

Jovan Johnson, Gleaner Writer

KINGSTON, Jamaica:

The Education Ministry says two more schools have reported that several staff members and students are displaying flu-like symptoms.

However, he says none of these persons have been confirmed to have chikungunya.

The schools are GC Foster College of Physical Education and Sport in St Catherine and Melrose Primary in Kingston.

The schools previously reported as having persons with symptoms similar to chikungunya are McCaulay Primary in St Catherine, and Morant Bay High School in St Thomas.

Education Minister, Ronald Thwaites says at least 10 persons have been affected at both institutions.

However, he says there is no need for panic as the health authorities are dealing with the matter.

He says affected teachers tend to take three to four days' sick leave which suggests the issue may not be very serious.

Meanwhile, the Health Minister Dr Fenton Ferguson says his ministry met with all school principals in St Thomas yesterday.

On Monday, the Ministry confirmed that 11 teachers of Morant Bay High had to be sent on leave after displaying flu-like symptoms.

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

It has so far confirmed chikungunya cases in St Thomas, St Catherine, St Ann and Kingston and St Andrew.

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