Health Ministry monitoring measles cases in the region

by April 15th, 2019

Given the recent increase in cases of measles in the United States and across the region, the Health Ministry says it is monitoring the island for imported cases of the disease.

 

The Ministry says there were 3,674 suspected cases and 596 confirmed cases of measles in the region of the Americas as at March 30.

 

More than 300 of the confirmed cases were in the United States, where New York declared a state of emergency in response to the disease last month.

 

Measles is a highly contagious illness caused by a virus that replicates in the nose and throat of an infected child or adult.

 

While Jamaica has been measles free since 1991, Health Minister Dr. Christopher Tufton is urging citizens to be cautious, especially when they are travelling.

 

 

He says the Ministry will keep the public informed, as it continues to monitor the global situation.