Malaria cases in Jamaica15th February 2007
Two hundred and eighty cases of malaria due to Plasmodium falciparum between 6 November 2006 and 3 February 2007 have been confirmed on Jamaica by the Ministry of Health in the country, although there have been no reported deaths from the disease.
Information, intensified surveillance and vector control measures are being implemented by the Ministry of Health, with technical cooperation from the WHO Regional Office for the Americas coordinated by the WHO Country Office and support from the Caribbean Epidemiology Centre.
The cases have occurred in Kingston (264), 12 in St Catherine (12), 3 in St Thomas (3) and Clarendon (1). The occurrence in Jamaica, a non-endemic country for malaria, has brought to the fore the importance of conducting surveillance, even in countries that are considered non-endemic for the disease.
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