A Double Health Announcement: A Dengue Fever Update, and a Flu Alert


Minister of Health Christopher Tufton is waging a battle on two fronts at the moment. Today he informed Parliament about the near-outbreak of influenza (something not to be joked with, by the way) and the latest situation on dengue fever. Please take precautions, and if you do have the flu – don’t spread it around. … More A Double Health Announcement: A Dengue Fever Update, and a Flu Alert

Ministry of Health Advises Continued Caution Against Viral Illnesses


Minister of Health Christopher Tufton was scheduled to visit the community of Gregory Park in St. Catherine today. The whole of the Portmore area is quite a “hot spot” for mosquitoes; after all, it was built on or near wetlands. The problem of dengue fever continues, especially among children, where suspected cases have increased. Be … More Ministry of Health Advises Continued Caution Against Viral Illnesses

Health Ministry Takes Measures to Stem the Tide of Dengue Infections


This year’s prevalence of dengue fever is definitely higher than last year. It has been fairly warm and also quite wet. There are several ways in which you can discourage the mosquito from breeding around your house, including properly disposing of garbage (which can often harbour little breeding spots) and covering all water containers. Put … More Health Ministry Takes Measures to Stem the Tide of Dengue Infections

Health Ministry Confirms a Suspected Dengue Fever Death


Dengue fever is no joke. Having had it once (a fairly “mild” form) some 20 years ago, I could never go through that nightmare again. Sadly, someone has died from a suspected case of dengue hemorraghic fever, which is not so common but very serious. Here is a note from the Ministry of Health, reminding … More Health Ministry Confirms a Suspected Dengue Fever Death

There Are No Cases of Yellow Fever in Jamaica


This week is Caribbean Mosquito Awareness Week. We never used to worry too much about these dangerous little creatures (of which the female is, in fact, deadlier than the male) – until the Chikungunya virus (Chik V) and the Zika virus came along, riding on the climate change wave. Dengue fever has always been around, … More There Are No Cases of Yellow Fever in Jamaica

Plastic Rice, Peter Gives Way to Peter, and Runaway Rains Bring Chaos: December 16, 2016


Life seems one great big rush, with Christmas just over a week away. There seem to be a few more Christmas parties than usual going on. Are people spending more money? It’s hard to say. The streets are clogged with traffic and stores in Kingston are getting full, but whether there is much business going … More Plastic Rice, Peter Gives Way to Peter, and Runaway Rains Bring Chaos: December 16, 2016

Styling in Rio


Well, the city of Rio de Janeiro is not getting very good press, with the Olympic Games around the corner. It’s afflicted with Zika virus fears, polluted waters, collapsing buildings and security concerns. Rio is a magnificent city. It is overwhelmingly beautiful, crazy, energetic, disturbing and ugly – all at the same time. When I … More Styling in Rio

#AToZJamaicaChallenge: Z is for Zika (Finally, Inevitably)


Well, this is the final chapter in the wanderings through the alphabet that my colleagues Dennis Jones, Susan Goffe and I embarked on at the beginning of the month. Sadly and ironically perhaps, it must end with a topic that we have become pretty obsessed with in the last few months. Ms. Goffe should have … More #AToZJamaicaChallenge: Z is for Zika (Finally, Inevitably)

Sterile Mosquitoes On the Way, LNG Power, Questions About Conch: Jamaica on Saturday, May 7, 2016


It’s hard to believe that the month of May has begun and is well under way. In just a few weeks, the dreaded hurricane season will be here. For the last two years Jamaica has been fortunate – untouched by storms. How long will our luck hold out, I wonder? Thanks, Mr. Mosquito! The aedes aegypti … More Sterile Mosquitoes On the Way, LNG Power, Questions About Conch: Jamaica on Saturday, May 7, 2016

More Important Updates from the Ministry of Health: Dengue Fever Cases on the Rise


The new Acting Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Winston De La Haye has been on several radio programs in the past week, giving out information on behalf of his Ministry and keeping people up to date. We welcome this new transparency and availability. A new press release came out today – this time, it’s a dengue … More More Important Updates from the Ministry of Health: Dengue Fever Cases on the Rise