Jamaican History: Jamaica National Fruit – The Ackee

  National Fruit – The Ackee (Blighia sapida) “Carry me ackee go a Linstead Market, not a quattie wud sell” is a line in the popular Jamaican folk song ‘Linstead Market’. Ackee is the national fruit of Jamaica as well as a component of the national dish – ackee and codfish. Although the ackee is … Continue reading Jamaican History: Jamaica National Fruit – The Ackee

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Jamaica’s Health Minister Fenton Ferguson bashes Opposition over chikungunya claims

SANTA CRUZ, St Elizabeth — Health Minister Fenton Ferguson has rebuked political opponents for what he says are attempts to create panic with alarmist pronouncements about the chikungunya virus. "I see the last couple of days that there are elements within the Opposition, and more so elements in opposition in eastern Jamaica, trying to use … Continue reading Jamaica’s Health Minister Fenton Ferguson bashes Opposition over chikungunya claims

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PAHO warns of heightened chikungunya, dengue threats | CIDRAP

The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) yesterday urged its member countries that have mosquitoes that transmit dengue and chikungunya viruses to step up their vector control programs in advance of a possible increase in infections. The recommendation from PAHO, the World Health Organization's office in the region, comes in advance of the peak transmission season … Continue reading PAHO warns of heightened chikungunya, dengue threats | CIDRAP

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Haiti gets 6 million kits to treat mosquito-borne chikungunya virus | CTV News

The Associated Press Published Wednesday, September 10, 2014 2:53PM EDT PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti -- Haiti has received a large shipment of treatment packets to help it deal with an outbreak of the mosquito-borne virus known as chikungunya amid a rainy season expected to result in a surge of new cases in the country, officials said Wednesday. … Continue reading Haiti gets 6 million kits to treat mosquito-borne chikungunya virus | CTV News

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41 suspected cases of chikungunya in St Ann – Latest News – JamaicaObserver.com

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 … Continue reading 41 suspected cases of chikungunya in St Ann – Latest News – JamaicaObserver.com

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Three additional Chikungunya cases confirmed; total now at 24

KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Three additional cases of the Chikungunya disease were conformed in Jamaica on Thursday September 4, the Ministry of Health has reported. The Ministry has so far confirmed a total of 24 cases for the country. Of this number 21 are from local transmission, two imported and one considered cryptic due to the … Continue reading Three additional Chikungunya cases confirmed; total now at 24

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Chikungunya cases being under reported in Jamaica, says Baugh

KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Opposition Spokesman on Health Dr Kenneth Baugh says that the relevant authorities including the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA) and the Ministry of Health are not taking the growing outbreak of Chikungunya seriously.According to Dr Baugh, the number of cases being quoted by the Health Ministry are not credible.“Many more people … Continue reading Chikungunya cases being under reported in Jamaica, says Baugh

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Experimental Vaccine For Chikungunya Passes First Test

Reblogged Scientists have taken the first steps to developing a vaccine for chikungunya — an emerging mosquito-borne virus that has infected more than a half million people in the Western Hemisphere this year. About 600 Americans have brought the virus to 43 states. The study was small. Only 25 people were given the experimental vaccine. … Continue reading Experimental Vaccine For Chikungunya Passes First Test

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Jamaican Health : UWI reports chikungunya case on Mona campus

Reblogged THE University of the West Indies, Mona was yesterday scheduled to fog the campus as well as a 500-metre radius into the surrounding community following confirmation of a chikungunya case there. No information was given about the chikungunya case and university administrators were not immediately available for comment on the matter. It was also … Continue reading Jamaican Health : UWI reports chikungunya case on Mona campus

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U.S. mosquitos spreading Chikungunya, the excruciatingly painful disease that tore through the Caribbean

Reblogged Health officials are reporting that for the first time, U.S. mosquitos are spreading a virus that has been tearing through the Caribbean. Two people in Florida have domestically acquired chikungunya infections, officials said. In both cases, they said, a person infected with the virus after visiting the Caribbean was then bitten again by an … Continue reading U.S. mosquitos spreading Chikungunya, the excruciatingly painful disease that tore through the Caribbean