Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton says the three Nicaraguan fishermen who were diagnosed with malaria are still in Jamaica and will remain at a medical facility pending repatriation.
The Nicaraguans were among 94 passengers on a boat which was intercepted in Jamaican waters on October 30.
Dr Tufton says the fishermen were detained because they were in Jamaican waters illegally.
He explains that they were diagnosed with malaria after public health workers carried out routine examinations.
He said the issue highlights the importance of managing and monitoring Jamaica's border.
“Often times we get complaints when at the airport we see our nurses asking persons for their yellow fever card, depending on which country they are coming from. Sometimes people complain about the inconvenience, but the reality is , that’s how diseases move from one place to the next. The communicable diseases. Vector control and management is not just about spraying mosquitoes , it’s also about trafficking human movement - and parcel movement . Ships, planes…. and this is a classical example of how important it is to monitor cases at this time,” said Tufton who was peaking yesterday at a ceremony to handover 40 beds to the Cornwall Regional Hospital in St James.