The Ministry of Health is reporting that there has been one presumed dengue related death in Jamaica so far this year. A release last night from the Ministry did not say when the person died.
The Ministry of Health says up to June 11, it had received six notifications of possible dengue-related fatalities.
Apart from the death presumed to be dengue-related, the Ministry said two other deaths fit the clinical case definition. However, it said there were no positive dengue test results for these two deaths and they remain suspected cases.
The Ministry explains that the remaining three notifications do not fit the case definition for dengue-related deaths and are not considered suspected cases at this time. It says it is continuing to investigate these cases.
Dengue fever is a mosquito-borne tropical disease. There is no specific treatment for dengue, but access to proper medical care reduces mortality rates.
Symptoms for dengue typically begin three to 14 days after infection. These may include a high fever, headache, vomiting, muscle and joint pains, and a skin rash. Symptoms usually last two to seven days.