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Sat Jan 19, 2019, 08:23 AM

CARPHA: Warns Of 'Severe' Outbreak of Dengue Virus In Caribbean This Year

KINGSTON — The Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) is warning countries in the region to brace for a severe outbreak of the dengue virus.

According to the agency, the current outbreak of dengue in Jamaica has raised the level of concern in other Caribbean islands. Local health authorities say up to January 3 there were 830 cases classified as suspected, presumed, or confirmed.

The Jamaican Ministry of Health has reported that December was the first month in which the reported cases of dengue surpassed the outbreak threshold with 123 cases.

Jamaican Health Minister Dr. Christopher Tufton, who has been heavily criticized by his Opposition counterpart for the pace of the ministry’s response, recently announced that the ministry has launched a coordinated education and prevention campaign among several agencies to help fight the dengue virus.

Read more: http://vifreepress.com/2019/01/carpha-expect-an-outbreak-of-dengue-virus-in-caribbean-this-year/

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still_one Jan 2019 #1

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Sat Jan 19, 2019, 08:33 AM

1. It is a very serious situation. The Vaccine should only be given to those who have previously

had the Dengue Virus. Those who haven't, the vaccine is very risky.

The only treatment is hydration, antibiotics to prevent secondary infection, pain killers, and rest. In other words it is supportive.

The best prevention is removing the source of the virus, the mosquito

I hope they are able to get a handle on this before it gets out of control

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