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Dengue control gets $14m more

Thursday, October 11, 2012 | 2:04 PM    

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KINGSTON, Jamaica - The Health Ministry has committed a further $14 million to fight the spread of dengue fever which is suspected to be responsible for five deaths.

The Ministry has already spent almost $12 million on dengue activities, including vector control and public education.

The disclosure was made by Health Minister, Fenton Ferguson, at a press conference earlier today.

One death was confirmed by autopsy as being caused by dengue with the situation expected to worsen in coming weeks given recent rains.

There were over 1200 suspected cases of dengue fever at September 29, compared to 887 all of last year, Ferguson said.

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