Number of Dengue Cases Decreases

mosquito_0The Ministry of Health has reported a decrease in the number of Dengue cases reported on a weekly basis.

There were a total of 17 cases for the period of August 25th to 31st, as compared to 23 cases in the previous week.

The highest number of cases occurred during the week of August 4th to 10th, with 28 probable cases and one confirmed case.

Twenty persons have been hospitalized to date, mainly children and young adults.

Though cases were reported from all seven health districts, the Roseau health district reported the highest number of confirmed cases.

However, to date there have been no reported severe cases of the disease or deaths from Dengue Fever.

The Ministry of Health is reminding the public that dengue is still a major public health problem in the Caribbean, Latin America and Asia.

Symptoms of dengue include high fever, severe headache, severe pain behind the eyes, joint pain, muscle and bone pain as well as rash.

Severe infections can result in hemorrhage, shock, and death.

The Ministry of Health in collaboration with the National Pest and Termite Control will continue its control and prevention programme, to manage the outbreak of dengue fever, by using non-toxic chemicals to destroy the adult mosquito.

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