NEWS & NOTES: Dengue cases on the rise + ‘Plan Secure Jamaica’ now in full effect + Sir Godfrey Palmer is Jamaica’s man in Scotland

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RING THE ALARM: According to the health ministry, a total of 830 reported cases of dengue fever have been classified as either suspected, presumed or confirmed, as of January 3. Consequently, $250 million has been allocated to support enhanced measures to contain the spread of the dengue fever virus. “This has been a more active season than last year,” says Minister Dr. Chris Tufton, “and we have been observing and monitoring the numbers and increases with each month. But by the clinical standards, we can only claim an epidemic once the threshold is surpassed.” The health ministry has confirmed that the virus surpassed the epidemic threshold of 96 cases for December, as 123 cases were reported for that month alone.