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JAMAICA: Inter-Ministerial Collaboration continues to contain Dengue

#Kingston, November 8, 2019 – Jamaica – The Government is continuing its inter-ministerial collaboration to contain the spread of dengue fever.  Dengue fever is transmitted by the Aedes aegypti mosquito, and symptoms of the disease typically begin three to 14 days after infection.  These may include high fever, headache, vomiting, muscle and joint pains, and a skin rash. Symptoms usually last for two to seven days.

Responding to questions at yesterday’s (November 6) post-Cabinet press briefing at Jamaica House, Minister without Portfolio with responsibility for Education, Youth and Information, Hon. Karl Samuda, said that “we have a collaborative approach to these problems”.

Meanwhile, Acting Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Dr. Grace McLean, explained that appropriate documentation has been sent out to administrators to guide them.

“We collaborate with the fogging as well as the tips that are to be provided for school administrations. We also follow up closely with our teachers to ensure that if and when there are symptoms, the students are facilitated in seeking medical treatment immediately, and I believe, so far, we have been doing an excellent job in terms of the collaboration and we will continue to do so,” she said.

Contact: Chris Patterson

Release: JIS

Photo Caption: Minister without Portfolio with responsibility for Education, Youth and Information, Hon. Karl Samuda, addresses yesterday’s (November 6) post-Cabinet press briefing, at Jamaica House.

Photographer: Donald De La Haye

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