Dengue Killed 85 Since 2018, Over 10,300 Cases Reported


At least 85 Jamaicans have died of dengue-related causes between January 1, 2018 and January 31 this year.

That’s according to the Health and Wellness Minister, Dr Christopher Tufton.

He says there’s been more than 10,300 suspected, confirmed or presumed dengue cases since January 1, 2018 and January 31 this year.

The highest number of dengue cases were recorded in 2019 with just over 9 thousand suspected, presumed and confirmed reports.

The Health Minister notes that the dengue outbreak has placed tremendous pressure on the health sector.

Meanwhile, Dr. Tufton says they’ve added 60 new motor vehicles to help implement their vector control measures.

The vehicles are valued at 400-million dollars.

Dr Christopher Tufton, Health and Wellness Minister, speaking yesterday at a media briefing in Kingston.


Neika Lewis is an award-winning journalist with over 7 years of experience across radio, tv and the print media. A CARIMAC alum, Neika copped the Prime Minister’s Youth award for journalism in 2017. Her reporting on a Jamaican pilot incarcerated in Qatar in 2015 led to his release. Neika hunts for human interest stories.

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