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St Lucia continues campaign against dengue fever
Published on December 10, 2013 Email To Friend    Print Version

CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Health official in Saint Lucia issued a public alert in October after an increase in undifferentiated fever and dengue fever cases. Following this alert, an intensified dengue fever awareness campaign was undertaken. The ministry of health has now reported a decrease in undifferentiated fever cases for December.

The Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) has confirmed that a 15-year-old female from Micoud died on November 24, 2013 from dengue fever complications.

The ministry continues its intensive campaign, which includes information on removal of sources for potential mosquito breeding, dissemination of health paraphernalia, community outreach interactive educational sessions, and school and workplace interventions.

The environmental health department is continuing active entomological monitoring and fogging of communities around Saint Lucia. However, recent heavy rainfall presents optimal conditions for mosquito breeding.

The ministry again appealed to residents to continue to adopt reduction practices, including covering tanks and drums used to store water, puncturing or placing soil in used tires, carry out weekly checks of premises to identify and get rid of breeding sites for the Aedes aegypti mosquito. A combination of individual responsibility and community empowerment will reduce the number of dengue cases.

The ministry of health noted that residents are susceptible to the severe forms of dengue fever due to the past outbreaks. It is therefore prudent to be aware of dengue fever symptoms: fever, joint and body pain, headache and pain to the back of the eyes.
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