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Friday, July 29, 2011

Jamaica : Dengue in North East St. Elizabeth

Article via RJR News :

" RJR News has received reports that three residents from two communities in North East St. Elizabeth have contracted the dengue fever virus.

The affected residents have since been transferred to the Black River Hospital.

Residents says stagnant water which has settled in these communities as a result of rainfall associated with Tropical Storm Nicole last month has led to swarms of mosquitoes infiltrating the communities.

Our newscentre spoke with the Member of Parliament, Kern Spencer gives us an update on the situation.

“We have over the last three days been receiving reports of an outbreak of dengue in at least two communities in North East St. Elizabeth, in the Windsor area of the Shiloh Division and in Elim of the Braes River Division. We have received reports that at least three persons have been hospitalized. Stagnant water from Tropical Storm Nicole has remained in these areas,” Mr. Spencer said.

Up to September 10, one hundred and 49 cases of Type 2 were confirmed by a laboratory.

Jamaica has so far recorded one death, associated with the dengue haemorrhagic fever, the severe form of the virus."

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