Via The Gleaner: Chikungunya fear: Health ministry renews warnings as suspected case discovered on local shores. Excerpt:
The Ministry of Health revealed last night that its heightened surveillance system has detected a suspected imported case of the chikungunya virus.
In a release from the health ministry, Chief Medical Officer Dr Kevin Harvey said the case was an individual who travelled from an affected country and fell ill.
The individual had screening tests done at a private laboratory in Jamaica, which gave indications of the illness.
A sample which was taken and sent to the Caribbean Public Health Agency for confirmation, if found positive, would confirm Jamaica's first imported case of the chikungunya virus.
"This does not indicate local spread of the virus, and we continue to monitor persons living in and around areas visited by the individual. We have heightened our vector-control activities to reduce the possibility of local spread," Harvey said.
The health ministry said it had been putting measures in place for more than two years in anticipation of the chikungunya virus reaching Jamaican shores.