In a follow-up on the dengue fever outbreak in Jamaica, local media report that Portfolio Minister Dr Christopher Tufton told Parliament this week that the number of dengue cases now stands at 1,166 suspected, presumed, or confirmed cases with dates of onset in 2019.

Aedes aegypti/CDC
Aedes aegypti/CDC

This compares with the 1,023 suspected and confirmed cases reported in all of 2018.

In addition, six confirmed deaths have been reported to date, all in children. Most of the children were from Kingston & St Andrew. Tufton did tell Parliament that 29 suspected dengue cases have been identified.

The good news is that Tufton noted that the outbreak is appears to be plateauing; however, it’s still early to say for sure.

St Catherine continues to be the hardest hit area of the island.