One hundred and eighty four (184) cases of dengue fever have been recorded in Dominica
The Ministry of Health is calling on the general public to maintain vigilance in the fight against the Aedes Aegypti mosquito which transmits the virus that causes dengue fever, as the country records one hundred and eighty-four (184) cases for the period July to August.
According to a press release issued by the Ministry of Health, majority of cases, one hundred and sixty two (162) to be precise, are from the Roseau health district which includes the Roseau South, Roseau Valley, Roseau North, and Roseau Central up to the Mahaut area.
The Marigot and St. Joseph health districts have also reported a few cases. Dr. Shalauddin Ahmed, Communicable Disease Surveillance Officer of the Health Information Unit, stated that vigilance should be maintained since infected persons coming to Dominica from the neighboring french islands of Guadeloupe and Martinique can contribute to the spread of the disease.
They are also asking persons who may have symptoms of dengue fever which include high fever, rash, severe headaches, back pain, eye pain, muscles and joint pain, to report to the nearest health facility immediately.
The time between the bite of a mosquito carrying the dengue virus and the start of the symptoms averages 4 to 6 days, with a range of 3 to 14 days. An infected person cannot spread the infection to other persons but can be a source of the dengue virus for mosquitoes for approximately 6 days.
The Ministry of Health continues to urge the general public to practice safety measures such as keeping water containers covered, disposing of tires appropriately and keeping the environment clean to ensure the prevention and spread of dengue fever.