The Ministry of Health has confirmed four additional cases of Chikungunya bringing the total number of confirmed cases for the country to twenty-one (21).

The Health Ministry says of this number eighteen (18) are from local transmission, two (2) imported and one (1) considered cryptic due the uncertainty of whether the virus was contracted while traveling overseas or from a household contact.

Director of Emergency, Disaster Management and Special Services, Dr. Marion Bullock DuCasse said the positive results were received today from samples sent to the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA).

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

Dr. DuCasse says given the recent rainfall which affected the island it is even more imperative that Jamaicans are vigilant in looking for and destroying mosquito breeding sites in their environment.

Dr. Ducasses says mosquitoes can breed in anything that collects water and the recent rainfall has created even more opportunity for containers to collect water and become mosquito breeding sites.

Chikungunya is spread by the bite of an infected Aedes aegypti mosquito which is generally found in and around places where people inhabit.

Persons are urged to search for and destroy mosquito breeding sites by getting rid of old tyres and containers in which water can settle, punching holes in tins before disposing, and covering large drums, barrels and tanks holding water.

Dr. DuCasse added that individuals should ensure that they protect themselves from mosquito bites by using insect repellent containing DEET.

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