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Dengue related deaths increase to 19

National Epidemiologist Dr. Karen Webster Kerr
 
The Ministry of Health is reporting that the number of dengue related deaths in Jamaica has increased to 19.
 
Thirteen of the deaths occurred in 2018.
 
National Epidemiologist Dr. Karen Webster Kerr said another six people died from the mosquito-borne virus so far this year.  
 
Dr. Webster Kerr said most of the deaths occurred in the one to 14 age category.
 
She explained that some of the victims had other underlying health conditions, such as sickle cell, and developed complications after contracting dengue. 
 
Dr. Webster Kerr reiterated that persons with chronic illnesses and toddlers are at risk of developing complications with dengue fever. 
 
"So all little children, especially those under one year, pregnant women, persons with heart disease, kidney disease, hypertension, diabetes...persons with any chronic disease, should be particularly careful," she urged.  
           
Earlier this week, Health Minister Dr. Christopher Tufton revealed that the number of suspected dengue cases so far this year had increased to more than 300.


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