Jamaica Health Alert (Sunday October 31st, 2010)
The Ministry of Health has placed Jamaica on a Cholera Alert since there has been a major outbreak in the island of Haiti.
Cholera is a very dangerous disease and all Jamaicans should do everything possible to stay healthy during these times. To learn tips on how to protect yourself and your family from Cholera, please read this weeks health blog.
Jamaica Health News Highlight.
The Ministry of Health has placed Jamaica on high alert as there is a growing number of reported and confirmed cases of Dengue Fever on the island.
Dengue fever is caused by a virus transmitted from the Aedes Aegypti mosquitoes to humans. Symptoms vary and include the sudden onset of a very high fever, headache, rash and pain behind the eyes. Persons may also experience non-specific symptoms, such as muscle ache, joint pains and nausea. Anyone experiencing such symptoms is advised to visit a health-care provider to be accurately diagnosed.
Prevention of Dengue Fever
At present the only way to prevent and control this epidemic is to combat the mosquitoes that transmit it:
1. Discard old drums, used tyres, plastic containers and other items that collect rainwater. These items act as breeding ground for the Aedes aegypti mosquitoes.
2.Sleeping area should have mosquito netting over the bed
3. Avoid mosquito bites even during the day.
4. Wear long sleeves shirts and long pants outdoor
5. Use mosquito repellent on skin and clothing
6.Eliminate mosquito breeding sites around homes
7. Regularly change water in animals and pets container
Information gathered from the Jamaica Ministry of Health Website.