Take steps to prevent Dengue Fever

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According to information from the Ministry of Health Jamaica has recorded its first death from dengue haemorrhagic fever yesterday.

Chief Medical Officer Dr Sheila Campbell Forrester, in expressing condolence to the family members of the individual, who resided in Manchester, yesterday urged persons to be vigilant in identifying and destroying mosquito breeding sites.

"Look for anything in which water can settle and either cover it, keep the area dry, clean it regularly, fill it with soil or sand, punch holes into it or recycle or dispose of it," the chief medical officer said.

"As much as possible, persons should avoid being bitten by mosquitoes by using insect repellent, mosquito nets, mosquito destroyers or putting screens on windows and doors," a health ministry statement added.

Jamaica has so far recorded 120 confirmed cases of dengue fever, including three cases of dengue haemorrhagic fever, the ministry said.

Symptoms of dengue fever include severe headache, pain behind the eyes, muscle pains, joint or bone pains, skin rash and nausea.

In addition to the symptoms of dengue fever, dengue haemorrhagic fever usually presents skin bruising, bleeding from the nose, mouth or gums; severe and continuous stomach pains; pale, cold and clammy skin; difficulty breathing; fainting and vomiting.