Dengue Fever Death Confirmed by The Ministry

The Ministry of Health in Jamaica has confirmed that a man who died, recently in Trelawny in late August, had Dengue Haemorrhagic Fever. During the rainy season there is usually an increased amount of mosquito borne diseases going around, and the Ministry is warning persons to take the necessary precautions, so they won’t be bitten by mosquitos.

However, acetaminophen/paracetamol is recommended as the best treatment for the disease. Members of the public are being warned that they should not use pain relievers, aspirin, diciofenac, ibuprofen or any other anti-inflammatory drugs. These drugs were used by persons before and they have increased the severity of the disease.

The health ministry wants to inform the public that the Dengue-haemorrhagic is a complication of Dengue that rare. It results in internal bleeding under the skin which can lead to death.

Medical attention should be sought immediately if a person starts to vomit, have severe abdominal pains, develop a rash, feel very weak or if they are confused.

The Ministry has already began mosquito control activities as they try to reduce the spread of all mosquito borne diseases.

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