Outbreak of malaria in Jamaica
The Public Health Agency of Canada continues to monitor an outbreak of malaria in Jamaica. Although a small number of cases may continue to be reported in the coming weeks, at this time the outbreak appears to be subsiding.
As of 3 March 2007, the Jamaican Ministry of Health has reported 312 confirmed cases of malaria with the majority occurring in Kingston (291 cases). Fifteen cases have been reported in St.Thomas and a small number of cases have been reported in other neighbouring parishes. A single case has been reported in a US resident who traveled to Kingston in November 2006; no cases have been reported among Canadian travellers to date. All confirmed cases were caused by infection with Plasmodium falciparum. No deaths have occurred and there is no evidence of chloroquine resistance among treated cases