Cases of Dengue Increasing in Dominica

In its latest update, the Ministry of Health has confirmed 6 new cases of Dengue in Dominica.

The previous numbers indicated, only seven confirmed cases – an increase of six cases this week, bringing the total up to 13.

Most of the confirmed cases are from the Roseau health district; however, cases have also been reported from the health districts of Grand Bay, Laplaine, and Castle Bruce.

To date, there have been no reports of severe episodes from the disease or deaths from Dengue Fever.

Chief Environmental Health Officer, Mr. Anthony Scotland, noted Dominicans have to ensure they do not provide environments for which the Aedes Aegypti mosquito can breed.

Dengue is an infectious disease caused by a virus, transmitted by the Aedes Aegypti mosquito and persons can easily contract the dengue virus from the bite of an infected mosquito.

Dengue is not transmitted from person to person.

vlcsnap-2013-08-15-15h45m41s120Dengue fever also known as Break Bone Fever, can become a serious public health problem, with symptoms including; high fever, intense headaches, severe joint and muscle pain, vomiting and a rash.

Persons presenting signs or symptoms of dengue fever should seek immediate attention at the nearest health centre or contact their personal doctor.

The public can assist the Ministry of Health to get rid of the Aedes aegypti mosquito, by frequently checking and removing stagnant water in and around their premises; by keeping their environment clean and covering all containers capable of holding water.

One should also keep potted plants in wet soil and sand.

You can protect yourself from mosquito bites by using a mosquito repellent and mosquito nets while sleeping.

The Ministry of Health has also increased its chances to control the outbreak of dengue fever, by fogging – this is the use of non-toxic chemicals to destroy the mosquito larvae.

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Chief Environmental Health Officer, Mr. Anthony Scotland

In addition they will conduct household inspections, media campaigns, and hold educational sessions in various health districts.

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