Dengue numbers continue increasing in Jamaica 

The rise in the number of suspected and confirmed dengue fever cases in the first three weeks of the year (339 cases and 6 deaths) follows 12 months of increased reporting – over four times the 2017 case count. The highest incidence of dengue (circulating strain is DENV3) is in Saint Catherine Parish, location of the former capital, Spanish Town. A WHO Disease Outbreak News post also notes that ‘some countries and territories in the Caribbean region, such as Guadeloupe, Martinique, and Saint Martin, reported an increase in dengue cases. Of note, in Saint Martin and Guadeloupe, serotype DENV1 is currently circulating.’

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