Jamaica Records Six Suspected Dengue-Related Deaths


Jamaica has recorded six suspected dengue related deaths, the Jamaica Observer has reported, quoting the country’s Ministry of Health.

At the same time, there have been 570 suspected cases of the virus that causes dengue fever, with nine confirmed cases, he publication said.

The figures were disclosed Wednesday at a health ministry press briefing, at which National Epidemiologist Dr Karen Webster Kerr explained that the figures are below those which constitute an “outbreak”.

Dengue fever is believed to infect 50 to 100 million people worldwide per year, with a half-million life-threatening infections.

An outbreak is characterised by 450 recorded cases of dengue per month.

According to Webster Kerr, Jamaica experiences an outbreak every two to four years, with the last being registered in 2016.

“When we look at the figures for dengue, we have had this year 570 suspected cases compared to 177 cases for the previous year. So based on the information we have now, we are having a more active season; however, it is not at outbreak levels at this time, but we continue to monitor the levels of dengue,” the doctor said.