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

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

It’s a More Active Season, But There is No Dengue Outbreak, Says Health Ministry


This year there are quite a few more suspected cases of dengue fever in Jamaica. It has been very rainy in most weeks, and breeding grounds may have been increasing. Dengue is no joke – as I know from experience! The rare haemorrhagic fever is very dangerous. Closing windows and doors at early morning and … More It’s a More Active Season, But There is No Dengue Outbreak, Says Health Ministry

A Nicaraguan Ship Carrying 93 Men Brings Three with Malaria


Do we ever think about malaria? Perhaps not as much as we should, although please note – Jamaica is malaria free. A Nicaraguan ship intercepted in Jamaican waters turned out to have three malaria sufferers on board. This is not a question for the Health Ministry of course, but I am wondering why a ship … More A Nicaraguan Ship Carrying 93 Men Brings Three with Malaria

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

Important Updates from the Ministry of Health: Zika Virus, Cleanup Day, H1N1 Flu Virus, and More


The Ministry of Health is working hard to inform the public on the various health concerns plaguing us at the moment. Please note the following important information, taken from several recent press releases. For Zika Virus updates, go to: http://moh.gov.jm/be-aware-zika-is-here/  For more information, visit the Ministry’s excellent website at http://moh.gov.jm. Like and follow them on http://www.facebook.com/themohgovjm; on … More Important Updates from the Ministry of Health: Zika Virus, Cleanup Day, H1N1 Flu Virus, and More

Zika Virus: Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) Shares a Regional Perspective at Jan 25 Media Conference


Originally posted on Right Steps & Poui Trees:
In Port of Spain, Trinidad, yesterday, the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) held a media conference to give an update regarding the Zika virus in the region. Ms Carlon Kirton, Communications Manager, who chaired the briefing, explained the reason for it being held: “As you may know,…