Chief Medical Officer Dr. Jacqueline Bisasor McKenzie
The Health Ministry has confirmed that a child is suspected to have died from dengue fever and there are more suspected cases of the mosquito-borne virus in western Jamaica.
In a media release Tuesday afternoon, Opposition Spokesman on Health Dr. Dayton Campbell raised concern there could be another dengue outbreak in Jamaica.
He claimed that a nine year old child died from dengue fever at Falmouth Hospital in Trelawny.
In addition, he said he had been reliably informed that the Pediatric Ward at Cornwall Regional Hospital has several suspected cases of the fever.
In a subsequent interview with RJR News, Chief Medical Officer Dr. Jacqueline Bisasor McKenzie confirmed the information was correct.
"Since last week in particular, there has been a rise in the number of cases and we have had a notification of a death that we are currently investigating," she said.
Dr. Bisasor Mckenzie said the Health Ministry is awaiting final tests on samples taken from the child.
In his media release, Dr. Campbell demanded that Minister of Health Dr. Christopher Tufton immediately tell the nation if there is another dengue outbreak in Jamaica.
He said if there is an outbreak, it would be the second such this year.