No Dengue out­break

The Star (Jamaica) - - NEWS -

De­spite a dra­matic rise in the num­ber of dengue fever cases in the is­land this year, the min­istry of health is in­sist­ing there is no out­break.

There has been 412 sus­pected cases of dengue on the is­land, up to Novem­ber 17, com­pared to 150 recorded over the sim­i­lar pe­riod last year. The min­istry said that num­ber re­mains be­low the out­break thresh­old.

The min­istry ex­pects that the num­ber of cases of mos­quito-borne dis­eases will in­crease from late Au­gust into Novem­ber. In an­tic­i­pa­tion of this, the min­istry says it will con­tinue its mos­quito-con­trol ac­tiv­i­ties, in­clud­ing a pub­lic ed­u­ca­tion cam­paign, home in­spec­tions, de­struc­tion of breed­ing sites and fog­ging.

Dengue fever is a mos­quito-borne dis­ease that is usu­ally an ill­ness in which a per­son may get a fever, headache, joint, and mus­cle pains.

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