As a watch continued for measles, cases of which Jamaica has not seen for many years, the acting Medical Officer of Health (MOH) for St. Ann says the parish has no cases.
Dr. Tamika Henry was responding to a question from journalists after the meeting of the St. Ann Municipal Corporation last week. Given the reports of a measles outbreak in the United States and reports of cases from several other countries, Dr. Henry was asked if there were any cases reported for the parish. She said she was aware that the news regarding measles elsewhere was “big now on the international scene” with reports of 400 cases at the time from New York.
“At this time now in our parish we don’t have any measles cases confirmed and Jamaica really hasn’t had any local cases of measles for quite some years now,” Dr. Henry said.
On Tuesday, April 16 there were reports from the US that some 30,000 cases of the highly contagious disease had been reported (but not confirmed) in Michigan. Some 20 States in the US have reported cases of measles.