All parishes now hit by Chik-V, numbers increasing out west
The Health Ministry is reporting that all parishes are now impacted by the Chikungunya virus, with increasing numbers being seen in western Jamaica.
However, the Ministry says there has been a significant decline in new cases in the eastern parishes including St Thomas, Kingston and St Andrew and St Catherine.
Meanwhile, the Education Ministry says it is mourning the recent death of Austin Knight, a grade-eight student of the Winston Jones High School in Manchester due to complications from the Chikungunya virus.
Knight's death follows the recent passing of Kevone Ebanks a former student of the Pedro Plains Primary School in St. Elizabeth who was suffering from kidney problems.
Meanwhile, Health Minister, Dr Fenton Ferguson has called for a unified approach to combating chikungunya and to prepare for any possibility of Ebola reaching the island.
Ferguson was speaking last night during a Town Hall Meeting in Port Morant, St. Thomas.
He said the Health Ministry will continue to lead the process but this has to involve every single Jamaican.
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