Tag Archives: Chikungunya

Jamaica on High Alert For Another Mosquito-Borne Disease

Take Precautions but do not panic. That’s the urgent advice from stakeholders in the health sector as Jamaica faces the threat of another serious mosquito-borne disease, the zika virus (ZIKV). With the wounds still fresh from the debilitating impact of the chikungunya virus (chik-V) that rocked Jamaica last year, from which persons are still experiencing long-term effects, Jamaicans are concerned ...

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Sharp Decline in Chikungunya Cases in Jamaica

News is emerging of a sharp decline in cases of the Chikungunya Virus in Jamaica. The Ministry of Health said it expected a slowdown in the outbreak of the mosquito borne virus this month. According to the Jamaica Medical Doctors Association, JMDA, the number of new cases is far less than predicted despite the virus spreading to western parishes.

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Chik-V Virus Now Present in All 14 JA Parishes

Jamaica’s Ministry of Health confirmed on Friday that all parishes are now being affected by the Chikungunya virus, with increasing numbers being recorded in the western part of the island. There has been a significant decline in new cases in eastern parishes, including St. Thomas, Kingston and St. Andrew as well as St. Catherine, the Ministry reported. In the meantime, ...

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More Than 200 Canadians Infected with Chik-V

Canada’s health agency says more than 200 Canadians have been infected by the chikungunya virus that has affected thousands of people in the Caribbean. On Tuesday, Health Canada reported that 201 Canadians have been infected with the mosquito borne virus. Eric Morrissette, a spokesman for Health Canada, said the cases have been confirmed among travelers returning from endemic areas in ...

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Freddie McGregor Heading To Africa Despite Ebola Warnings

Despite worldwide panic concerning the Ebola virus in west Africa, and Ebola warnings issued by Jamaica’s Health Minister Dr. Fenton Ferguson, Freddie McGregor intends to honor a November 29 date in the east African country of Kenya. According to the veteran singer, pulling out due to paranoia would be unprofessional. “If you sign a contract, you must be man enough ...

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Panadol Prices Skyrocket Due To Chikungunya

Operators of shops and convenience stores are coming under fire from members of  the public, for the exorbitant hike in the price of Panadol – a popular brand of paracetamol, used to treat symptoms of the Chikungunya virus. Members of the public are saying that over the past week, several establishments have marked up the price of the product, some ...

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Chikungunya Now an Epidemic in The Caribbean

The Chikungunya virus has reached epidemic proportions in the Caribbean. Last week Antigua and St. Vincent and the Grenadines became the latest countries to declare an outbreak. “This is not a severe disease, in that people don’t die from it, but Chikungunya has more long term a significant per cent of people will have joint pains”.

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