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Clarendon Parish Council steps up vector control measures

Published:Friday | September 12, 2014 | 12:47 PM

Shanique Samuels, Gleaner Writer

MAY PEN, Clarendon:

The Clarendon Parish Council has stepped up its vector control measures as it works to keep the parish chickungunya free.

Council Chairman and Mayor of May Pen Scean Barnswell says Clarendon has not recorded any confirmed cases of the virus and the local authority hopes to keep it that way.

Mayor Barnswell says the parish council has taken a proactive approach to combating chickungunya.

He says the council has provided the local health department with $125,000 to purchase chemicals to carry out fogging activities in several communities.

The May Pen Mayor is also encouraging all Clarendon residents to play their part to prevent the spread of chickungunya.

Barnswell was speaking at yesterday’s monthly meeting of the Clarendon Parish Council.

The Ministry of Health has reported that up to September 6, it reviewed 225 possible cases of which 120 were deemed suspected cases of chikungunya.

The ministry says of the 120 suspected cases, 22 have been discarded as they tested negative, 24 are laboratory confirmed and the others remain suspected cases.

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