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Health official concern citizens are self-diagnosing Chik-V

Published:Sunday | October 12, 2014 | 5:30 PM

Shanique Samuels, Gleaner Writer



A senior health official has raised concern that a number of Jamaicans have been diagnosing themselves with the Chikungunya virus.




Chief medical officer of the May Pen hospital in Clarendon, Dr Vitillius Reid-Holder, said people were not visiting medical facilities before declaring and treating themselves for Chik-V.



Speaking at the monthly meeting of the Clarendon Parish Council late last week, Dr Reid-Holder said there was a possibility that people who have been self-diagnosing could actually be afflicted with more serious diseases, such as leptospirosis or dengue, which are also common at this time of year.



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