Jamaican health officials monitoring patient with symptoms of cholera

The Ministry of Health in Jamaica is closely monitoring a patient who has symptoms of a water borne bacteria that are similar to cholera.

According to the Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Winston De La Haye, although “Vibrio Cholerae”  – the bacteria that found in the diarrhea illness was found in the patient’s blood during routine investigations , the patient’s symptoms are not consistent with cholera.

However, samples have been sent to the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA), in Trinidad and Tobago.

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“The first order of business is to determine which type of organism it is; there are a number of other species, and it is for that reason that we have sent off a sample to CARPHA which is our usual reference laboratory,” he said.

CARPHA is scheduled to confirm their findings on Tuesday.

As a precautionary measure, the patient has been isolated .

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