Dengue cases in Jamaica increase to 1,060

The number of presumed, suspected and confirmed dengue cases in Jamaica has increased to 1,060.

Of that number, 132 are confirmed dengue cases with the type 2 strain dominating the confirmed case count.

At the same time, four of the six deaths previously under investigation have been classified.

The Ministry of Health & Wellness says one death was dengue-related, while the other three were classified as suspected dengue-related deaths.

All parishes have recorded dengue cases, with Kingston & St. Andrew, St. Thomas, St. Catherine, Portland, and St. James recording the most confirmed cases.

The 5 to 14 age cohort continues to be the most affected, followed by persons 25 to 59 years old.

Dengue fever is a mosquito-borne disease that is usually a mild illness in which a person may get a fever, headache, joint, and muscle pains. The recommended treatment for the fever is acetaminophen or paracetamol.

Members of the public are urged not to use aspirin, diclofenac, ibuprofen, or any of the medications or pain relievers known as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.

These drugs, when used to treat the fever in dengue, have been known to increase the severity of the disease.


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