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Panic in Clarendon as cases of chikungunya-like symptoms increase

Published:Wednesday | October 1, 2014 | 11:09 AM

Health officials in Clarendon are reporting that there is now panic in the parish as a growing number of residents are turning up at health centres with symptoms of the chikungunya virus as well as the flu.

Clarendon's chief medical officer of health, Dr Vitillius Holder, says to make matters worse, nurses and doctors are also contracting what appears to be chik-V.

She says at this time of year there is also a spike in cases of dengue, leptospirosis and influenza.

Harvey urges health workers to continue to help in chik-V fight

Meanwhile, the acting permanent secretary in the Health Ministry, Dr Kevin Harvey, is encouraging health workers to continue to work to stem the spread of chikungunya.

He says the support of health workers is invaluable in maintaining good public health.

Harvey also says health workers should help with educating the public so that they are empowered to protect themselves and their families.

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