Kids between the ages of 5 and 14 are disproportionally affected by Jamaica’s latest dengue outbreak, in response to authorities.
The island’s Ministry of Well being and Wellness confirmed an outbreak of the mosquito-borne virus on Saturday, with over 500 suspected and confirmed circumstances.
At a Put up Cupboard Press Briefing on Wednesday, the island’s Director of Well being Companies Planning and Integration, Dr. Naydene Williams, gave an replace on the standing of the outbreak.
“As of Friday, September 22, the nation recorded 565 suspected, presumed and confirmed circumstances of dengue. Of that quantity, 78 circumstances have been confirmed, with the vast majority of circumstances in Kingston and St. Andrew, St. Catherine and St. Thomas,” Dr. Williams mentioned. No dengue-related deaths have been confirmed, nonetheless, six deaths are being investigated.
Dengue Kind 2 has been recognized because the dominant pressure of the virus within the nation.
A lot of the confirmed dengue circumstances have been kids, Dr. Williams confirmed. She mentioned the ministry has carried out its enhanced vector management program, with measures together with neighborhood fogging, to manage the unfold of the virus.
Kids to get free well being care at UHWI
Beginning October 2, kids underneath the age of 18 years is not going to be charged a payment for well being care providers on the College Hospital of the West Indies in Kingston.
The Minister of Well being, Dr. Chris Tufton mentioned the measure is in response to the dengue outbreak, which has prompted an inflow of circumstances on the Bustamante Hospital for Kids in Kingston.
“Now we have spoken to the UHWI to permit individuals affected who can’t be accommodated, significantly kids on the Bustamente hospital, to take that overflow,” the minister mentioned.
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Dr. Tufton has additionally urged college directors to be on excessive alert and to observe correct procedures when coping with affected kids.
“There’s a dialog happening round these establishments the place mosquito breeding websites are current and the way we eradicate these working with the parish well being groups,” he mentioned.
Signs of dengue embody fever, headache, muscle and joint ache, fatigue, nausea, and rash. In a small variety of circumstances, the doubtless lethal dengue hemorrhagic fever (DHF) could develop, leading to inner bleeding, enlargement of the liver, and excessive fever.
About one in 4 individuals contaminated with the an infection will get sick.
Dr. Tufton mentioned that native blood banks are additionally on excessive alert, ought to the outbreak intensify and circumstances progress to extreme dengue.