Via the Jamaica Observer: Don't repeat CHIKV mistakes with ZIKV, Seiveright urges.
Jamaica Labour Party caretaker for St Thomas Eastern, Delano Seiveright, is today urging the Health Ministry, led by Dr Fenton Ferguson, who is the member of Parliament for St Thomas Eastern, not repeat the same "terrible mistakes" that precipitated the rapid and destructive spread of the Chikungunya virus (CHIKV) last year.
CHIKV, he said, left several residents dead and with many more to this day affected by lingering joint pain and other medical conditions. It also had a negative impact on St Thomas’ already struggling economy, affecting productivity in the commercial and agricultural sectors, the JLP caretaker reasoned.
Seiveright's comments come on the heels of recent statements by the Health Ministry about a resurgence of CHIKV and the outbreak of the Zika virus or ZIKV in Brazil, that is now a potential threat to Jamaica. The Zika virus is spread by the Aedes aegypti mosquito, which also carries the dengue and CHIKV.
He cautioned the Health Ministry to be honest and put more emphasis in actions other than words, especially given the fact that the ministry’s vector control measures were in many cases non-existent last year during the CHIKV outbreak.