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Monday, January 15, 2018

Deadly 'Ebola-like' Plague Rocks Jamaica As 8-Year-Old Boy Dies Of 'Internal Bleeding' Fever

A really deadly plague like the Ebola virus has hit Jamaica hard as a mere eight-year-old kid dies from the 'internal bleeding' fever.
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According to a report by Daily Star UK, a rare and deadly disease that causes severe internal bleeding has tragically killed an eight-year-old boy in Jamaica.
 
Dr Christopher Tufton, Jamaica's health minister, said the boy was killed by dengue haemorrhagic fever (DHF) – a lethal viral infection transmitted by mosquitoes.
 
If left untreated, the Ebola-like disease can excruciating abdominal pain, bleeding and bruising under the skin and a shock-like state that can kill.
 
In 1987, a large epidemic of the disease struck down an estimated 174,000 across Thailand, killing at least 1,000, figures show.
 
Jamaican health authorities have launched an investigation into the death of the boy, who was pronounced dead at the Bustamante Hospital for Children last week.
 
“This type of dengue carries a high risk of mortality," Dr Tufton said. 
 
“Appropriate notification has been done, and the Kingston and St Andrew health team is out conducting its surveillance.”
 
The boy, who lived in the Corporate Area of Kingston, is yet to be named.
 
Up to 100 million people a year across the globe are struck down by different forms of denge, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO).
 
The dengue virus seldom causes death, but the infection can progress into DHF – a severe and fatal form of the disease.
 
DHF is a mosquito-borne viral disease that was first identified in the Philippines and Thailand in the 1950s, when epidemics ravaged the region.
 
Today, the disease is most widespread in Asian and Latin American nations, where it is a leading cause of hospitalisations and death among children and adults.
 
Around 3.9 billion people, in 128 countries, are at risk of infection with dengue viruses, WHO said.

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