Chikungunya cases in Jamaica now at 10

KINGSTON, Jamaica – The suspected case of Chikungunya at the University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona is among two additional locally transmitted cases confirmed by the Ministry of Health a short while ago.

This brings the total number of confirmed cases for Jamaica to ten – eight from local transmission and two imported.

Director, Emergency, Disaster Management and Special Services, Dr Marion Bullock DuCasse said the positive results were received today from samples sent to the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA).

“These two cases include a previously suspected one on the campus of the University of the West Indies. The affected parishes remain St Thomas, St Catherine, St Ann and Kingston and St Andrew.

“We want to stress that personal responsibility is important to reduce the spread of Chikungunya and urge persons to place major emphasis on finding and destroying mosquito breeding sites,” Dr DuCasse said.

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