Chikungunya suspected in Yallahs Primary's high absenteeism rate
Health officials say most of the flu-like cases resulting in a 30 per cent absence at the Yallahs Primary School in St Thomas are suspected cases of chikungunya.
The Health Minister Dr Fenton Ferguson along with senior health officials visited the school this morning.
The visit came on the back of reports yesterday that as many as 200 students and 10 teachers at the school are suffering from chikungunya like symptoms.
Today’s visit revealed that more 150 students were absent.
Affected staff includes the principal and the vice-principal, along with other staff.
However, the health minister Dr Fenton Ferguson stressed that several other viruses exist that cause symptoms of chikungunya, including dengue fever.
Minister Ferguson says the government has been closely following protocols on the testing and diagnosis of the disease.
He went on to say that the St Thomas Health Department, guided by these protocols, was overseeing the vector control necessary to control the spread of chikungunya and other flu viruses.
Meanwhile, Dr Andrei Cooke, acting board chairman of SERHA, also pointed out that flu viruses were common among students at the beginning of the school term.
The Ministry of Health says it will continue to monitor the situation at the school.
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