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Confirmed Dengue Figures Increase

Monday 28th January, 2019-The Ministry of Health, Wellness and the Environment is reporting laboratory testing at the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) has confirmed Dengue Type 3 in Antigua and Barbuda.

Earlier this month, figures by the ministry revealed that suspected dengue cases between April 2018 and January 18, 2019, were 15, with only two confirmed cases.

Now in a further update, the total number of Dengue cases seen in Antigua and Barbuda between April 2018 and January 25 2019 is twenty one, of which six have been confirmed by CARPHA.

The public is reminded that Dengue is a viral disease spread by the Aedes Aegypti mosquito. Symptoms of Dengue include, fever, headache rash, vomiting which could lead to dehydration, muscle pain, dark colour stool, bleeding from the nose and mouth and inability to adapt to bright lights.

The Ministry of Health, Wellness and the Environment is reminding parents to pay keen attention to babies, since one of the symptoms of dengue is dehydration, which can have a severe effect on them, especially since they cannot express their feelings. Dehydrated babies may use fewer diapers and may cry without tears.

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Health officials are reminding persons who believe they have contracted dengue fever NOT to use Aspirin, Iburprofin or Advil and other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory agents, but instead use other fever reducing agents such as Paracetamol, Panadol and Cetamol. Additionally people should seek urgent medical attention.

The Vector Control Unit at the Central Board of Health has intensified its mosquito reduction activities through increased inspections to identify and destroy mosquito breeding sites and increased fogging operations that kill the adult mosquito.

During the Ministry’s weekly Dengue Task Force meeting, Deputy Chief Health Inspector, Mr. Daryl Spencer indicated that the Unit achieved its goal of fogging the entire island over a nine-day period.

Mr. Spencer added that in addition to driving with the fogging machines on trucks, members of the unit now walk and fog, targeting key areas where mosquitoes hide.

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