Authorities confirms first case of Chikungunya in Jamaica


Medical authorities this morning confirmed the first imported case of Chikungunya in Jamaica.

A lab test done on a sample taken from a visitor to the island, has yielded a positive result.

That sample was tested at the Caribbean Regional Public Health Agency, CARPHA, in Trinidad and Tobago.

Jamaica now becomes the 29th country in the Caribbean and Latin America to report the disease.

However, the Health Ministry is stressing that this is an imported case of the disease.

It says persons should not panic, as there’s no evidence of Chik-V being transmitted locally.

The Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Kevin Harvey says the infected visitor is no longer a threat.

Dr. Kevin Harvey, Chief Medical Officer, speaking with Nationwide News.

Dr. Harvey says it takes about one week before a person with the disease passes the infectious stage.

The Chik-V or Chikungunya Virus, is transmitted by the Aedes Aegypti mosquito.

Symptoms are similar to those of dengue fever.

The Health Ministry is urging Jamaicans to destroy mosquito breeding sites and cover large drums and tanks of water.

Persons are also being urged to use insect repellant containing the ingredient DEET.