7 Dengue-related deaths, 434 confirmed cases – MOH
The Ministry of Health and Wellness has reported that as of Tuesday there were seven dengue-related deaths – five classified as suspected and two as confirmed.
At the same time, there were 434 confirmed dengue cases, from approximately 2,107 suspected, presumed, and confirmed cases.
All parishes continue to observe an increase in dengue cases this year when compared to 2022.
Kingston & St. Andrew reported the highest number of cases (600) for this year.
However, St. Thomas maintains the highest rate of 310.4 cases per 100,000 population followed by Portland and St. Mary.
Jamaicans in the 5 to 14 years old cohort continue to be the most affected by the virus with a rate of 240.4 cases per 100,000 population.
The ministry is reminding the public that 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.
Rest and adequate hydration are usually enough to see one through the period of illness.
The recommended treatment for the fever is paracetamol.
Members of the public are implored not to use aspirin, diclofenac, ibuprofen, or any of the pain relievers known as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.