New Cases of Dengue Confirmed in Dominica
Following a report released by the Ministry of Health, on Thursday August 8th stating there are seven confirmed cases of dengue in Dominica, and on Monday August 12th, that number increased to 11.
The Environmental Health Unit in collaboration with the National Pest and Termite Control, the Solid Waste Management as well as the Health Promotion Unit, have launched an Emergency Dengue Plan to combat the outbreak of dengue in Dominica.
Chief Environmental Health Officer, Mr. Anthony Scotland noted there are 20 suspected cases of dengue under investigation.
In an effort to get rid of the Aedes aegypti, they have embarked on fogging operations in the areas where the cases of dengue are present.
This operation will be conducted in areas including Bath Estate, Canefield, Jimmit, Roseau, and Goodwill and will continue in other areas.
Inspections revealed that an increase of the Aedes aegypti mosquito is as a result of the mosquitoes reproducing in drums that collect water. This has proved to be a nuisance in the fight against dengue.
Old tires are also common for the mosquitos to lay their eggs.
Mr. Scotland revealed the global figures for dengue is a major problem; 2.5 million people worldwide live in areas where the dengue virus is circulating including Asia, the Pacific Islands, the Caribbean, the Americas and Africa.
For 2013, there have already been 800 cases of dengue, with over 326 dying from the virus in The Americas.
Honduras has declared a state of emergency, with countries like Belize, Bolivia and Nicaragua having serious problems combating the dengue virus.
A virus, which seriously affects the work force, most persons who contract it are unproductive after nine to ten days as a result of the constant pain.
Mr. Scotland is urging all home owners to ensure they take all the necessary steps to manage their water containers, so they do not breed mosquitos and further contribute to this problem.