Via the Jamaica Observer: Committee established to monitor Chikungunya. Excerpt:
KINGSTON, Jamaica -- The Ministry of Health has established a committee to monitor the threat of the Chikungunya virus to the island.
The committee is headed by Director, Emergency, Disaster Management and Special Services, Dr Marion Bullock Duccasse, and meets weekly to discuss that and other matters, Minister of Health, Dr Ferguson said while speaking at a recent post-Sectoral debate press conference at the Office of the Prime Minister in Kingston.
Dr Fergsuon said that while the virus has not been detected in Jamaica, given international travel and trade, it is likely that it will be introduced into the island.
He appealed to Jamaicans to take precautions against its spread of the virus by destroying mosquito breeding sites in and around homes, places of business, worship and schools, thus eliminating areas where water can settle.
“Keep water containers tightly covered, fill old tyres with dirt, keep drums and water tanks covered, and punch holes in cans before disposing of them,” Dr Ferguson urged.