Health officials in Jamaica have declared an outbreak of the dengue fever Saturday with at least 565 suspected, presumed and confirmed cases in the Caribbean nation.
Jamaica’s Ministry of Health and Wellness says the outbreak comes as its National Surveillance Unit “advised that Jamaica has surpassed the dengue epidemic threshold for July and August and is on a trajectory to do the same for the month of September.”
“The dominant strain is Dengue Type 2, which last predominated in 2010,” it said. “There are no dengue-related deaths classified at this time, however, six deaths are being investigated.”
Health officials say there currently are at least 78 confirmed cases of the mosquito-borne disease in Jamaica.
“Meanwhile, approximately 500 temporary vector control workers have been engaged and deployed across the island to high-risk communities along with 213 permanent workers,” the Ministry of Health and Wellness also said.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says dengue viruses are “spread to people through the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito.”
About one in four people infected will get sick, with mild symptoms including nausea, vomiting, rash, aches and pains, according to the CDC.
Recovery takes about a week.
Around 1 in 20 people infected will develop severe dengue, which the CDC says “can result in shock, internal bleeding, and even death.”
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