Dengue Cases On The Rise In Jamaica

The Ministry of Health is reporting that the number of presumed, suspected, and confirmed dengue cases has increased to 1,060 – almost doubling the figure released by the ministry last Friday. 

At that time, the ministry reported 565 presumed, suspected, and confirmed cases.

In an update Friday, the ministry said there have been 132 confirmed dengue cases with the Type 2 strain dominating the confirmed case count.

At the same time, four of the six deaths previously under investigation have been classified.

One death was dengue-related, while the other three were classified as suspected dengue-related deaths.

All parishes have recorded dengue cases, with Kingston & St. Andrew, St. Thomas, St. Catherine, Portland, and St. James recording the most confirmed cases.

The 5–14 age cohort continues to be the most affected, followed by persons 25-59 years old.

Members of the public are urged not to use aspirin, diclofenac, ibuprofen, or any of the medications/pain relievers known as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.

These drugs, when used to treat the fever in dengue, have been known to increase the severity of the disease.

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 Edited by Jesus Chan

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