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Measures implemented to prevent malaria spread

The authorities have implemented measures to prevent any public health risks following the discovery of  cases of  malaria on a Nicaraguan boat which was intercepted in Jamaican waters.

The vessel is now docked at Port Royal. 

Three of  the 94 passengers on the boat have been diagnosed with the mosquito-borne disease.

They have been transferred to a hospital.

In an update to RJR News Tuesday night, Dr. Jacqueline Bissassor McKenzie, Chief Medical Officer in the Health Ministry, outlined how the authorities have responded since the malaria cases were detected.

“The persons that were detained remain on the vessel., the vessel has been sprayd to prevent any mosquito bites or breeding on the vessel. The persons who were found to be positive were admitted to the Kingston Public hospital and isolated there. The necessary spraying around the hospital compound or any area where these persons may have passed through, has been done by the public health team,” she said. 

Meanwhile, the Health Ministry has been engaged in other routine vector control activities since the malaria cases were detected

Malaria is a life-threatening disease that is  typically transmitted through the bite of  an infected Anopheles mosquito.

The symptoms of malaria include fever, chills, headache, sweats, fatigue, nausea and vomiting.

 



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