Saint Lucia: Health Ministry shares update on increasing Dengue cases

Saint Lucia: Health Ministry shares update on increasing Dengue cases

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Saint Lucia: Health, Wellness and Elderly Affairs Ministry has been monitoring Dengue Fever cases recorded across the island. During the month of August, Saint Lucia has recorded three (3) cases of Dengue Fever; however, a total of thirteen (13) cases of Dengue Fever have been recorded this year. The Health Ministry continues to maintain active disease surveillance and is encouraging persons to remain vigilant against contracting vector-borne diseases like Dengue Fever.

The Ministry remains on high alert, as an increase in the number of Dengue Fever cases during the rainy season is not unusual. It would also issue advice to the public to follow the best practices to take care of viruses.

1. Perform weekly inspections in and around the residential area that are suspected of mosquito breeding sites.

2. Remove all water-holding containers and stagnant water around the house to prevent mosquitoes from breeding, as mosquitoes can breed even in the tiniest amount of water.

3. Carefully get rid of the property of breeding grounds to protect yourself from.

4. Check water tanks and water storage containers and ensure that they are securely covered with tight-fitting lids/materials so that mosquitoes cannot access them.

5. Damaged septic tanks must be repaired, and ensure they are air and watertight.

6. Installation of screens on windows, doors and vents will help.

7. Clean roof gutters and drains so water runs freely regularly.

8. Regularly change the water in pet drinking bowls and flower vases at least once every other day.

9. Scrub the sides of all water-filled containers.

10. Increase the use of insect repellents when both inside and outside the house to prevent mosquito bites.

The Health Ministry has asked the general public to visit a wellness centre in the community in the event of experiencing the signs and symptoms of Dengue Fever.