Jamaica has to date identified two imported cases of malaria since the beginning of 2017. On January 5, 2017, there was one confirmed case reported by the National Public Health Laboratory. On January 6, 2017, there was another reported case by a private laboratory.

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Case investigation commenced immediately and the persons admitted to hospital. The repeat blood smear for the second patient showed negative at the National Public Health Laboratory. Blood will be drawn nightly for at least three nights to determine the status of this patient.

In 2016, there were three incidence cases of confirmed imported malaria in two persons. One person visited Gabon twice and returned to Jamaica with malaria on both occasions.

The first case is a Jamaican National who was living in Ghana and returned to Jamaica in November 2016. The second case is a male, Indian National who arrived in Jamaica in March 2016.