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August 8, 2014
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Health ministry confirms two local cases of Chikungunya

Minister of Health, Dr Fenton Ferguson, yesterday confirmed that Jamaica now has local transmission of Chikungunya as two cases involving persons with no travel history outside of the island were reported.

The confirmations were made after positive results were received on Tuesday from samples sent to the Caribbean Regional Public Health Agency (CARPHA).

Speaking during a press briefing held at his Ministry in downtown Kingston, Dr Ferguson said since the confirmation, the Ministry implemented intense vector control activities including fogging of the surrounding areas and communities in which the affected persons reside in three-day cycles each week. This will continue for three weeks.

"The public-health team has put in place vector control measures at the commercial offices of one of the affected persons. Health educators have been conducting education sessions and distributing material in the affected communities," Dr Ferguson explained.

The affected parishes include St. Thomas, St. Catherine, and Kingston and St Andrew.

On July 17, 2014, Jamaica confirmed its first imported case and the second on July 28, 2014.

Persons are encouraged to seek additional information by contacting the Ministry's EOC at 1-888-663-5683 or 1-888-ONE-LOVE.

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