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Published: Friday | February 13, 2009
Jamaica, along with six other Caribbean islands, is set to embark on a yearlong study which seeks to identify the cause of some food-borne diseases that continue to plague the region and other parts of the globe.
The Jamaica Burden of Illness Study will be carried out by the Caribbean Epidemiology Centre and is slated to begin February 21. The study will carry two components, including a population survey - also to be done in two phases, one at the lower peak of the diarrhoeal disease season and the other during the higher peak.
The second part of the study will seek to assess the capabilities of the country's National Public Health Laboratory in isolating pathogens that cause food-borne illnesses, with the aim to improve the capacity of the lab to handle these kinds of specimens.
The official launch of the study was held yesterday at
the Ministry of Health in
According to Health Minister Rudyard Spen-cer
in a speech read by Dr Eva Lewis-Fuller, director of the health promotion and
protection division at the ministry, the aim of the study is to assess the
burden of food-borne illnesses in
"It will also allow for the attainment of more
complete and accurate data of the specifics of these conditions," he
said. "The study will also help us in ascertaining the sensitivity of
the routine communicable disease surveillance system in detecting these
The minister said the study has become extremely relevant given the fact that Jamaicans are now living in a global village, with increased movement of people and goods across borders.
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