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  • Chikungunya is spread by the bite of an infected Aedes aegypti mosquito.
  • t is a container breeding mosquito found in and around the home and other places where people gather such as schools, businesses and places of worship. Any container in which water settles can therefore be a breeding site.
  • Persons who get chikungunya usually experience symptoms which are resolved sometimes in as little as 2-3 days but up to 7 days. However there are rare cases involving persons especially in the high risk group who experience more severe symptoms and may even have difficulty moving.

My fellow Jamaicans,

 

Since July, we have been battling an increase in the incidence of cases of fever with pain, among them individuals affected by the chikungunya virus. As a citizen of this country and the Minister of Health I am very concerned about this and commit to you that the Ministry will continue to do all it can to respond. I want to express my sympathies to those who have been ill and wish you a quick and full recovery. While I understand the reaction of Jamaicans to this new illness, I am concerned that the important messages are getting lost in the sea of misinformation that has been circulating.

 

I want to highlight a few important points:

 

  1. Chikungunya is spread by the bite of an infected Aedes aegypti mosquito.
  2. It is a container breeding mosquito found in and around the home and other places where people gather such as schools, businesses and places of worship. Any container in which water settles can therefore be a breeding site.
  3. Persons who get chikungunya usually experience symptoms which are resolved sometimes in as little as 2-3 days but up to 7 days. However there are rare cases involving persons especially in the high risk group who experience more severe symptoms and may even have difficulty moving.
  4. There is no specific cure for chikungunya. Symptoms such as fever, joint pain and rash are treated and persons are urged to take paracetamol such as panadol and cetamol among others, drink lots of fluids and get rest.
  5. Chikungunya is new to the country and each individual is at risk.

 

I want to assure you that we have been working assiduously to implement the activities to limit or slow the spread of this illness, including vector control, community fever surveillance and health education…READ MORE