Locally transmitted cases of the Chikungunya disease are increasing.

The Ministry of Health says it today confirmed another four locally transmitted cases of the mosquito-borne virus.

This brings the total number of confirmed cases for Jamaica to eight – six from local transmission and two imported.

Director of Emergency, Disaster Management and Special Services at the Ministry, Dr. Marion Bullock DuCasse says the positive results were received today after samples were sent for testing.

Dr. Bullock DuCasse says the Ministry will continue with its intense vector control activities including fogging of the surrounding areas and communities in which the affected persons reside.

The affected parishes include St. Thomas, St. Catherine, St. Ann and Kingston and St. Andrew.

Dr. Bullock Ducasse says the Ministry is awaiting confirmation of the suspected case at the Mona campus of the University of the West Indies.

The Health Ministry Director is reiterating that although there’s now local transmission of Chikungunya, there are things persons may do to significantly reduce the spread of the disease.

The mosquito which carries the virus breeds in containers where water settles.

Persons are being urged to search for and destroy mosquito breeding sites by getting rid of old tyres and containers in which water may settle.

Individuals are also being encouraged to punch holes in tins before disposing of them, and to cover large containers which store water.

Chikungunya is a viral disease transmitted to humans by infected mosquitoes.

It causes fever and severe joint pain and sometimes lead to death.

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