PAHO Issues Dengue Warning For Latin America and Caribbean

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The Caribbean Media Corporation, CMC, is reporting that the Pan American Health Organization, PAHO, is warning of what it describes as “the complex situation” of dengue in Latin America and the Caribbean.

According to PAHO, the region is currently experiencing “a new epidemic cycle of the disease”, after two years of low incidence.

The organization says during the first seven months of 2019, more than two million people contracted the disease, 723 of them died.

PAHO says the number of cases exceeds the total number of cases reported in 2017 and 2018.

But the organization says the amount of cases has so far remained lower than the number recorded in 2015-2016.

PAHO says a characteristic of the current epidemic is that children under the age of 15 appear to be among the most affected.

Recently, Health Minister, Dr. Christopher Tufton, told the Jamaican Parliament that dengue cases have decreased in Jamaica following an outbreak earlier this year.

But, Dr. Tufton says the disease remains a source of major concern and the Government of Jamaica has intensified mosquito eradication measures and other aspects of its response mechanism.



Abka Fitz-Henley is a multiple award-winning journalist who is currently the Senior Reporter at Nationwide News Network (NNN). His primary areas of focus are Court, Crime and Parliamentary proceedings. Fitz-Henley was recently recognized in the regional celebrity magazine publication Panache as “The Breaking News Boss”. At 21 years of age, following his 1st year in media, Fitz-Henley was recognized with the Young Journalist of the year award from The Press Association of Jamaica and went on to cop one of the country’s highest recognized journalism prizes, the Journalist of the Year Award. He’s also been awarded the prestigious Corporate Jamaica Broilers Fairplay 1st place Award for investigative journalism and is the recipient of the Caribbean Blog Award for coverage of the infamous Kartel murder trial. Fitz-Henley is also the recipient of the PM Youth Award for Excellence. Over the years, he has appeared as a guest on the BBC World Service and BBC London.


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