Ministry of Health to Give Update on Dengue Fever

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Tuesday 8th January, 2019-Health officials will convene a press conference later this week to update the country on Dengue Fever in Antigua and Barbuda.

The update comes in the wake of Jamaica’s Ministry of Health confirming the country had surpassed the epidemic threshold for dengue, based on the number of reported cases in December.

Concerns are growing as to whether the Ministry of Health in Antigua has an updated plan in place to deal with a potential outbreak. And with the tourist season in high gear and weekly flights between Antigua and Kingston, the authorities, following a meeting this morning, saw it prudent to update the general public.

Minister of Health, Wellness and the Environment, the Honourable Molwyn Joseph, Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Rhonda Sealey-Thomas, Acting Chief Health Inspector, Sharon Martin as well as other Senior Technicians within the Ministry will be in attendance on Thursday to provide important information.

Jamaica’s Minister of Health Dr. Christopher Tufton told Parliament today that “up to January 3, there were some 830 cases classified as suspected, presumed or confirmed. There has been 23 confirmed cases of dengue for the period. All 23 cases were confirmed by PCR (confirmatory test for the virus). Of these, 22 were identified as DENV Type 3 (dengue strain seen in this outbreak) while one (1) case had low viral titre and the Dengue type was not identified.”