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Poliomyelitis -- Jamaica

An outbreak of poliomyelitis has been reported to the Pan American Health Organization by the Ministry of Health, Jamaica, occurring in the Cornwall Region. A total of 35 suspected cases and 1 death have been identified to date. All cases have been reported from a single referral hospital in Montego Bay, St. James Parish. Age data were available for 27 of the 35 patients. The age range for these 27 patients is 8 months to 24 years. Twenty-three of the 27 cases involved persons 7 years of age. Poliovirus Type I has been isolated from 8 of these cases. Epidemiologic investigation and large scale control efforts are underway, including mass vaccination beginning with the school-age population. Reported by Pan American Health Organization; Viral Diseases Div, Center for Infectious Diseases, Immunization Div, Center for Prevention Svcs, CDC.

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