ST ANN, Jamaica — As of September 6 St Ann has had 41 suspected cases of Chikungunya, Dr Francine Phillips Kelly, acting Chief Medical Officer for St Ann told the St Ann Parish Council on Thursday.
“The cases are coming in fast and furious,” Dr Phillips Kelly said. She explained that there is a cause for concern because it is now the heightened dengue period and that the symptoms of both mosquito-borne viruses are similar.
While Phillips Kelly did not mention any confirmed Chikungunya cases, a source told OBSERVER ONLINE that there was at least one confirmed case of the disease in St Ann.
Dr Phillips Kelly that said the suspected Chikungunya cases are found in several communities across the parish.
She said that health officials are out in the communities educating the public while the St Ann Health Department has been destroying mosquito breeding sites.