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Fifteen confirmed cases of chikungunya in Antigua-Barbuda
Published on June 28, 2014 Email To Friend    Print Version

ST JOHN’S, Antigua -- To date there have been 15 laboratory-confirmed cases and 91 suspected cases of chikungunya in Antigua and Barbuda and the ministry of health is intensifying its mosquito control program with immediate effect.

The chikungunya virus is transmitted by the Aedes aegypti mosquito and, when bitten by an infected mosquito, non-infected individuals can become infected and experience symptoms including fever, joint pain, headache and a rash.

Key among the mosquito control activities will be intensified fogging, inspection of premises, the destruction of mosquito breeding sites and public education. The Vector Control Department will acquire more equipment, supplies and vehicles for fogging and continue to target areas with high levels of mosquito infestation and areas with cases of chikungunya fever.

Residents can also expect increased visits to residential and commercial properties by vector control officers who will inspect their premises for current and possible mosquito breeding sites and provide advice and immediate measures to eliminate such sites.

Residents are encouraged to continue to work with the ministry of health in controlling mosquitoes in Antigua and Barbuda.
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