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Dengue Fever on the Rise

by: - September 26, 2019
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The Ministry of Health is recording an increase in cases of Dengue fever.

Dengue is an infectious disease caused by a virus transmitted by the bite of the Aedes aegypti mosquito carrying that virus.

According to Acting Chief Medical Officer, Dr Adrien Dechausay, since September 1st, there has been a total of 96 patients diagnosed with Dengue fever of which 45 were admitted.

He says four of these cases required intensive care, however, all admission cases have so far been treated and discharged.

Dr Dechausay has assured that the Ministry of Health and Social Services has stepped up its activities to control the spread of Dengue fever.

He however advises the public to prevent the breeding of Aedes aegypti mosquitoes in their areas.

“The Ministry of Health and Social Services has activated its National Emergency Dengue Prevention and Control Plan which strategically focuses on heightened surveillance, comprehensive health education and awareness, source reduction and clinical management of Dengue cases.”

He explains, “[The plan] brought together critical stakeholders such as the primary healthcare department, the Health Promotion Unit, Dominica Solid Waste Management Corporation, local government, the National Pest and Termite Control company to work together with the Environmental Health Department to minimize the risk and control the spread of Dengue in Dominica.”

He advises, “Listen to your radio stations and information coming from district teams on announcements of dates and times for fogging, areas of cleanup campaigns and further health advisories from the Ministry of Health and Social Services.”

He continued to inform that the dengue fever symptoms are very much like flu symptoms.

He listed, “Some of these would include high fever, pain, intense headaches, severe joint and/or muscle pain, vomiting and/or rash. Sometimes some people present with the sever form of the disease known as Dengue Hemorrhagic Fever in which there can be bleeding under the skin, from the nose, gums and intestines and may result in damage to the liver. The bleeding can be massive causing Dengue Shock Syndrome which can ultimately lead to death. Persons with signs and or symptoms of Dengue fever should seek immediate attention at the nearest health centre or their personal doctor. Persons presenting with severe forms of Dengue and those with chronic conditions like diabetes, hypertension and sickle cell or may have had should report to the Accident & Emergency Department at the soonest.”

The general public is asked to remain calm.

Every household and community must play its part in the fight against the Dengue outbreak.