The number of dengue cases has been continuously increasing based on data acquired over the previous three weeks by the Ministry of Health, Wellness, and Religious Affairs.
Chief Medical Officer (Ag) Dr Shawn Charles said in Epi weeks #18 and #19, there were 20 and 39 reported cases respectively, while Epi week #20 recorded a total of 79 new cases and two hospitalizations.
“This represents a 100% increase from the previous week, and it points to what can only be described
as a steady increase in the outbreak of cases,” he explained.
The CMO added that while there have been intensified public education and vector control measures to assist with the control and prevention of further increases, people must also play their part, taking all the necessary preventative measures.
“We are reminding members of the public that the situation is very, very serious, and as such it is extremely important to protect yourselves, by using approved insect repellants, mosquito nets and wearing long-sleeved clothing, etc,” Dr Charles said.
Health officials are warning that it is extremely important for people to ensure that their surroundings are kept clean and that they get rid of existing and potential mosquito breeding sites.
People experiencing dengue-fever-like symptoms, such as joint pain, fever, headaches, intense abdominal pain, and bleeding gums, should seek immediate medical attention and get tested for the disease.