Ministry of Health Urges Jamaicans To Practice Proper Vector Control Methods
In light of the two recent malaria cases identified in the island, the Ministry of Health is urging members of the public to practice proper vector-control measures to safeguard against the threat of mosquito borne illnesses.
Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Winston De La Haye, said while “there is no cause for alarm at this time,” he is encouraging persons to be cautious.
Persons are advised to apply mosquito repellent that contains DEET; wear long sleeved, light-coloured clothing; install screens on doors and windows; and to consider sleeping under mosquito nets.
Citizens are also being encouraged to open windows and doors whenever fogging exercises are taking place in their communities.
Malaria is spread through the bite of an infected Anopheles mosquito. Symptoms include fever, chills, headache, sweating, fatigue, nausea and vomiting.
January 16th, 2017