Jamaica is being warned to expect more cases of the mosquito-borne Chikungunya virus.
The warning is coming from the Executive Director of the Caribbean Public Health Agency, CARPHA, Dr. James Hospedales.
Speaking last evening on Nationwide@5, Dr. Hospedales says because there’s no resistance to the virus, it’s likely there’ll be more cases, based on what’s been seen in other Caribbean countries.
Dr. Hospedales says that pattern has been the same for Jamaica.
He says CARPHA is receiving greater numbers of samples from Jamaica to test for Chik-V.
The CARPHA head says the Agency is concerned that fogging is not having the desired effect on the Aedes Aegypti mosquito which spreads the virus.
He says since the virus emerged in the Caribbean in December last year, it’s spread rapidly across countries.
Dr. James Hospedales, Executive Director of CARPHA.