Monday 24 September, 2018

St Catherine records more than 30 cases of dengue fever this year

The St Catherine Public Health Department has expressed concern that at least 30 cases of dengue fever have been reported in the parish since the start of the year.

Reports are that the most affected parts of the parish are the densely populated municipality of Portmore and the business hub of Spanish Town.

Portmore in particular has a problem because of a high level of mosquito infestation, made worse by weeks of continuous rainfall last year into this year.

Residents have complained to Loop News that they have not seen any vector control activities, such as fogging, being carried out in their communities, despite the increase in the mosquito population.

Meanwhile, a representative of the public health department, Denece Henry-Douglas told a recent public health meeting of the St Catherine Municipal Corporation that the department has been responding to the increase in dengue cases the best way it can with its limited resources.

Some residents, who had previously complained about the mosquito nuisance, said their communities were fogged within the last three days.

Dengue is endemic to Jamaica, meaning each year some persons will get ill with the fever. In January, an eight-year-old boy who was being treated at the Bustamante Hospital for Children, died from dengue haemorrhagic fever.

Dengue haemorrhagic fever is a class one disease, and a report must be submitted to the health ministry within 24 hours.

Dengue is primarily transmitted by the Aedes aegypti mosquito.