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Jamaica: Outbreak – Ministry Urges Caution As Dengue Cases Spike, Fatalities Confirmed

The Ministry of Health has pumped an additional $250 million into its response efforts as the island is now experiencing an outbreak of dengue fever.

Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton made the announcement yesterday during a press conference at his ministry’s offices in New Kingston.

Tufton said that for December, there were 123 reported dengue cases. This number includes suspected, presumed, and confirmed cases. The number also exceeds the outbreak threshold of 96 cases.

He noted, too, that seven deaths have been reported since the start of the season, two of which have been confirmed as dengue related.

“I want to urge us all to play our part even as we coordinate at the level of the ministry and the country. If you feel the headaches and other symptoms, it’s important that you see your physician. Self-medicating has to be guided,” he said.

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