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Number of malaria cases around Jamaican capital hits 160

Number of malaria cases around Jamaican capital hits 160

Nearly 160 people have been diagnosed with malaria since Jamaica's first outbreak of the disease in four decades was confirmed Nov. 30, but new cases are dwindling, health officials said Wednesday.
No fatal cases have been reported and Jamaica's Health Ministry continues to urge people showing malaria symptoms to seek treatment, said Marion Bullock-Ducasse, the ministry's director of emergency services.
Most cases have been detected in densely populated slums of west Kingston, Bullock-Ducasse said. Others have been found in the abutting parishes of St. Catherine and Clarendon.
There have been no reports of malaria in the main resort areas of Jamaica, health officials said.
Crews have sprayed pesticides and cleared stagnant water around Kingston to fight the malaria outbreak, the Caribbean island's first since 1965.
Malaria, one of the world's deadliest diseases, kills about 1 million children a year in poor countries with warm, damp climates ideal for the mosquitoes that transmit the parasite that carries the disease.


Updated : 2020-12-05 02:51 GMT+08:00