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Drastic decline in dengue cases in St. Ann

The St. Ann Health Department says there has been a drastic decline in reported cases of  dengue fever in the parish.
 
In an interview with the Jamaica Information Service (JIS),  Acting Medical Officer of  Health for the department, Dr. Tamika Henry, said since mid-March, the parish has recorded no more than three suspected cases of  the mosquito-borne disease per week, down from over 20.
 
Since January this year there have been 500 suspected cases of  dengue, with 80 per cent matching the case definition. 
 
Dr. Henry says the group that was commonly affected was the five to 14 age category and this resulted in intervention in schools. 
 
Dr. Henry says following the announced outbreak of  the mosquito-borne disease in January, the St. Ann Health Department increased its fogging and larvaecidal activities, as well as instituted an aggressive public education campaign and surveillance initiatives.


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