Health Ministry to develop management guidelines from CHIKV research

Health Ministry to develop management guidelines from CHIKV research

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Print this page Email A Friend!

KINGSTON, Jamaica – The Ministry of Health today announced that it has undertaken research on the chikungunya virus, to characterise the chikungunya fever outbreak in Jamaica.

Acting Chief Medical Officer, Dr Marion Bullock DuCasse said the research is being done in collaboration with health researchers nationally and regionally, according to a release from the ministry. One of the key deliverables of this group is to develop guidelines for the management of chikungunya fever specific to Jamaica.

"The ministry will also use the opportunity to get a better sense of the extent of the outbreak and the effect on the population as it is believed that several cases were not reported to the ministry’s Surveillance Unit and so could not be included in official figures" the release said.

Meanwhile, Dr DuCasse said people with underlying medical conditions who have chikungunya infection are at increased risk of severe symptoms and complications, including death.

"Persons with underlying medical conditions, especially those with non-communicable diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, kidney disease, arthritis, and sickle cell, tend to be more impacted by chikungunya infection and so need to be medically managed and monitored carefully.

The Ministry therefore recommends that if experiencing symptoms, these persons should seek medical attention immediately," Dr DuCasse urged.

Now you can read the Jamaica Observer ePaper anytime, anywhere. The Jamaica Observer ePaper is available to you at home or at work, and is the same edition as the printed copy available at




1. We welcome reader comments on the top stories of the day. Some comments may be republished on the website or in the newspaper � email addresses will not be published.

2. Please understand that comments are moderated and it is not always possible to publish all that have been submitted. We will, however, try to publish comments that are representative of all received.

3. We ask that comments are civil and free of libellous or hateful material. Also please stick to the topic under discussion.

4. Please do not write in block capitals since this makes your comment hard to read.

5. Please don't use the comments to advertise. However, our advertising department can be more than accommodating if emailed:

6. If readers wish to report offensive comments, suggest a correction or share a story then please email:

7. Lastly, read our Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy

comments powered by Disqus



Today's Cartoon

Click image to view full size editorial cartoon