Health Ministry Closely Monitors Patient with Water-Borne Bacteria

Kingston, Jamaica (Mckoy’s News)HEALTH MINISTRY CLOSELY MONITORS PATIENT WITH WATER-BORNE BACTERIA: The Ministry of Health is monitoring a patient who has presented symptoms of a water-borne bacteria which is a form of vibrio cholerae.  However, the Ministry is declaring that the case is not Cholera even as it awaits confirmation of the diagnosis.


Chief Medical Officer in the Ministry of Health Dr Winston De La Haye says the patient is not showing signs consistent with severe diarrhoeal illness.

On June 9, the patient was re-admitted to hospital after recent bowel surgery with fever.  Routine investigations identified the water-borne bacteria in his blood.

The CMO said the patient’s test results were received on Friday from the Public Health Laboratory but other tests will determine which organism it is. These additional tests will have to be done at the Caribbean Public Health Agency, CARPHA in Trinidad and Tobago.  The results are expected in the island by mid next week.

Dr De La Haye informed that the patient has been isolated and is receiving treatment as a precautionary measure.

Contributed by Dr Colin O Jarrett

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