|CMO Urges Jamaicans to Help Keep Jamaica Malaria Free|
|Monday, 28 January 2013 10:59|
Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Michael Coombs is expressing condolences on behalf of the Ministry of Health to the family of the patient who was treated at hospital for Malaria but died due to complications. “We are saddened at the passing of this patient and wish strength for the family at this difficult time”, Dr. Coombs said.
The CMO is urging Jamaicans to keep the country malaria free by taking the necessary precautions when travelling to malaria endemic and other areas which require prophylaxis treatment and vaccines.
“Jamaica has not had a locally transmitted case of malaria since 2009. We have managed to keep the disease at bay since the outbreak in 2006. Our success depends to an extent on the behaviour of our citizens when travelling to countries that are malaria endemic. I implore persons to ensure that they get the required medication and take them as directed to prevent contracting the disease and possible spread to others,” Dr. Coombs stressed.
Before travel, persons should check with the Ministry of Health or their Parish Health Department to find out what measures need to be taken for the country to which they plan to travel.
According to estimates from the World Health Organization, there were about 219 million cases of malaria in 2010 and an estimated 660,000 deaths.
Malaria is caused by the malaria parasite (not a virus) and is spread when the female Anopheles mosquito bites an infected person and then bites others. There is no direct person to person transmission. Symptoms include fever, chills, headache, muscle aches and fatigue. Nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea are also possible.
Contact: MOH, Public Relations Unit Tel: 967-1561
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