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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Jamaica : Dengue death reported in Manchester

Via Jamaica Observer :

" THE Ministry of Health has confirmed one death of a patient in Manchester who had contracted the severe form of dengue fever - dengue haemorrhagic fever.

The identity of the dengue victim has not been released.

Chief Medical Officer, Dr Sheila Campbell Forrester expressed condolences to the family members of the individual and urged people to be vigilant in identifying and destroying mosquito breeding sites.

“Dengue can only be transmitted when an Aedes aegypti mosquito bites an infected person and then bites another. It is therefore important that we take steps to prevent the breeding of this mosquito and protect ourselves from being bitten by mosquitoes,” she said.

She urged persons who believe they have dengue fever to visit their health care provider."

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